in Mood

You Need More Sleep

Do you ever wake up so tired that your eyes ache and barely open?

That was me today.

I felt like I’d fought my way out of a coma, and sleep was clawing me back in.

The definition for zombie, walking dead, does not apply here.

I hadn’t the energy to move, let alone walk.

Why am I so tired today?

Six hours of sleep is what I had, which is normal for me.

Nothing out of the ordinary happened.

  • I don’t recall restless sleep or night terrors last night.
  • My daughters and wife didn’t wake me up.
  • No ¬†paranormal activity or alien abductions.

Then, I remember that I started taking new vitamins and supplements for energy.

That being the only oddity I can think of, I investigate the bottles.

Rhodiola Root says nothing about side effects related to sleep.

Vitamin B has been part of my daily routine for a long time.

I didn’t have any Zipfizz yesterday.

Then, I find the potential cause of my sleep problem.

I started taking 5-HTP for mood improvement.

What I failed to note is how it works.

Basically, 5-HTP boosts serotonin production, which boosts melatonin levels.

The increase in melatonin leads to relaxation and deeper sleep.

This is great, if I set aside enough time for sleep.

The problem is, 6 hours isn’t enough time.

When my alarm sounds, my body is 2 hours from being ready to wake.

I basically fed my body all the ingredients for a good night’s rest, and then pulled back the offer mid way through.

From now on, I either need to have a full 8 hours for sleep, or avoid 5-HTP if I expect to wake up in the morning.