Seratonin & sleep

Something inspirational:

How many of us have problems maintaining a good quality sleep, along with good sleep patterns? That could be a problem relating to stress, but could also be because our serotonin levels are lower than they should be.

In times of stress the body needs to produce more of it. We need to increase foods that contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which boosts serotonin levels, reduce anxiety and bring about calm.

Foods include bananas, oats, dried dates, cottage cheese, turkey, fish chickpeas, sesame seeds and chocolate. Serotonin also comes in supplement form and is called 5-HTP.


25 Oct, 2010

12 thoughts on “Seratonin & sleep

  1. I find Serotonin to be extremely interesting. It’s been thought to relate to a lot of things. For example, mood, depression, sleep and a lot of other more serious psychological disorders are treated with it as well.

    The brain is truly an amazing piece of work.

    1. I totally agree with you LeAnna the brain is an amazing piece of work and we use just a fraction of our brain’s ability in our daily lives.

  2. Is Serotonin something like melatonin? I’ve taken melatonin for sleep and it works quite well. I like that it is not a chemical, so I don’t worry about how often I use it.

    1. Yes they are both naturally occurring hormones, released by glands in the body. Melatonin is used to regulate sleep disturbances in the US but isn’t available over the counter in the UK other than in health food stores. Thanks for posting Lisa.

  3. I would swear I had just had a Serotonin overdose. I fell asleep on Sunday night and really just fully woke up late Tuesday morning. I was up but not fully awake in-between.

    I am now trying to catch up on my responsibilities and feel like an idiot but I had no control my body and mind just went on a holiday.

    1. You must have needed to sleep Brian. I am sure you’ll feel better now. Don’t worry about your responsibilities, I am sure people who know you will understand, given what you deal with. You have to go with what your body tells you. Thanks for posting.

  4. Guess I’ll have to do more research on what foods help with increasing serotonin levels. Hard to imagine that such simple things could make such a difference. Thanks for taking the time to point that out!

    1. Thanks Randy for leaving your comment. Yes I am sure there are many more foods that help with increasing our serotonin levels. I agree it is hard to imagine that foods we eat make such a difference.

  5. Morning. So here I was trying to get on with my food tech coursework upstairs. However, I thought I might as well drop by here, as i heard you say….. 998!!!!! Well now i guess it’s 999!! Congrats. xxx

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