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Old 08-09-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

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5-HTP is an amino acid, a form of L-Tryptophan, that's used to ease depression and promote restful sleep. I took a small dose of it before bed last night and apparently didn't react to it well.

I woke up this morning feeling like I had a hangover, for one--but what was more amusing, and a little scary, was what my DH said happened after I went to bed. I've NEVER had a tendency to talk in my sleep before, but here's what happened last night:

He says I woke him up seven times like this--and I don't remember doing it at all--

Midnight:
Me: (tapping my DH's shoulder)
DH: Rrrrn?
Me: Hey, sweetie. Where's the baby?
DH: Rnn. She's right next to you, honey.
Me: Oh, okay.

2 am:
Me: (tapping DH) Honey, wake up!
DH: Huh?
Me: Do you know where Vivian is?
DH: Sweetie, she's right next to you!
Me: Oh, great. That's good.

2:30 am:
Me: Hey... Wake up!
DH: What is, honey?
Me: Do you know where the baby's sleeping?
DH: Next to you, Dear.
Me: Oh. Okay.

3 am:
Me: Sweetie! Wake up! Wake up!
DH: WHAT???
Me: Where's the baby?
DH: Honey, you're NURSING her...!
Me: Oh. Alright.

4 am:
Me: (tapping DH) Hey, sweetie...
DH: Vivian is asleep right next to you.
Me: Oh. Okay... Love you...



This continued ALL NIGHT. I'm really embarrassed, but at least my DH was a good sport about it. He said that the strangest thing was that I was obviously completely aware of the baby on some level, because I was holding her, nursing her, keeping pillows and blankets away from her head, etc., without giving it a second thought!




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Old 08-09-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

WOW, that's crazy (and sorta funny). Good thing DH was there with you!

At first I thought your thread said not to take 5 HPTs (home pregnancy tests)lol...
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

Awww. . .but. . .hehe, that was kind of funny
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

I'm a sleep-talker without taking anything at all.
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:36 PM   #6
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

kinda funny. you gonna take it again?? lol
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

I used to take 5HTP way back in the day, when DH and I used to use party drugs... It helps with low seratonin levels.. I never noticed it doing anything wonky to me...

If you just need something to help you sleep try some melatonin, it helps, and does not have sleep talking issues..
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

my dh talks in his sleep too...I've had whole conversations with him.
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

Wow what a strange reaction to that. I mean I guess not all that strange, but i've never had that reaction and take it 2-3 times a day. 200 mg each time. I use it to help with anxiety and didn't think it was working for a while, then I quit taking it and DH said that he definitely noticed it was working, so much that i'm a completely different person.

I take Valerian Root before going to bed, not sure if you'll have the same reaction to that. It's supposed to be the natural derivetive (sp?) of valium. It really helps me sleep and I don't feel groggy when waking up. Hope you find something that works for ya.
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Re: Apparently, I shouldn't Take 5-HTP Before Bed...

It is strongly suggested you do not co-sleep after taking medication. It appears that woudl be wise advice for you.
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