I have been using a specific brand of tryptophan (Lidtke), melatonin, magnesium and valerian to help me sleep. When my adrenal fatigue got really bad and then my thyroid went down, I ended up sleeping no more than 4 hours a day - no napping either. If I laid down to rest in between, I wouldn't even get my 4 hours of sleep.
My doc and I tried several things, but she finally suggested that we give the tryptophan a try. It's not cheap, but because of the way it's processes or formulated, it's better than other brands evidently. What I know is that most nights I was suddenly able to sleep 5 hours, then 6 and I'm now up to 7 hours a night, some times 8 hours except for about
once every 7 - 10 days and I just have a bad night or two and only sleep 3 - 4 hours (like last night - ugh!). But overall, this is the most sleep I've had in over two years, so I'll take it!
I've tried almost every herb and natural supplement out there, plus Trazadone, amitriptyline, Ambien and one other that I can't remember now. Sleep issues are some of the hardest things to figure out in most people's opinion.
I used to have issues with falling asleep, staying asleep and being refreshed after sleeping. With the combo I now take, falling asleep isn't nearly as hard as it used to be, but staying asleep and being refreshed still aren't good for me.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15
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