Day 46: I didn’t have the night I wished for. I would rate it 5 on 10. On that scale, 5 means barely enough with some repercussion during the day. So yesterday was a four, today a 5, that means I’ll be lagging behind all day. Better try and get a 7+ tonight !
I’m still experimenting with milk and honey, and a piece of cheese before sleep. The purpose was to avoid a cortisol response due to lack of energy, with the assumption that cortisol is depleted by adrenal fatigue and adrenaline would kick in instead. I think I took it the wrong way. I react badly to carbs and my body is used to ketosis (using fat as an energy source). So tonight, I’ll try 2 tbsp of coconut oil with the piece of cheese.
I also took sporadically Glycine 500-1000mg and Glutamine 5-10gr without being able to tell if it changes anything. Tonight, I’ll take 500mg and 5gr respectively, not for their specific properties but just to give my body a source of energy for the night, to avoid any potential cortisol spike at 4am. Protein and fat last longer than carbohydrates anyway. Honey will be burned 4 hours after taking it at most. Probably within 2 hours.
If that doesn’t work, tomorrow I’ll try the same without the Glycine and Glutamine.
I’ll also take 1/4 pill of anti-histamine (that’s 2.5mg of hydroxyzine). I really mean it when I say I want to have a good night of sleep tonight. I’m fed up with waking up all the time.
On the good side, Theanine 200mg with coffee works very well, and 5-HTP 100mg, Tyrosine 500mg and L-Dopa 350mg as soon as I wake up also greatly improve what would otherwise be a groggy morning.
I take 5-HTP, Tyrosine and L-Dopa a second time at lunch but yesterday I cut 5-HTP to 50mg and I was still very calm and confident. I’ll do that again today. Too much of something can be bad, and considering SSRI can cause Serotonin syndrome, I’ll have to be careful with 5-HTP which converts into serotonine without the body asking for it (taking tryptophan instead gives the body the option to convert some of it into 5-HTP if needed, but I react badly to tryptophan. Before bed anyway, I haven’t tried in the day time.)
Aside from waking up frequently at night, I have no other symptoms, as long as I stick to my regimen.
I believe I had a spike of sex drive after eating a bowl of oat one morning. I’ve read in another post someone mentioning a correlation between taking carbs and a rise in sex drive. I’m on a very low carbs diet, but I’ll try that again (40 gr. of oat) once I can fix my sleep patterns.