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    ✘ Not a client

    It is nice to know that there is a place where we can share our problems and get help from others. I look forward to hear from others on remedies for insomnia.


    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Welcome to the forums. Please tell us more about your insomnia – when did it start, and what remedies have you tried?


    ✘ Not a client

    My Insomnia started 3 years ago. I was getting up in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep but that caused lot of anxiety and I went to into depression. I was prescribed with anti-depressants and sleep aids. I was hesitant to take anti-depressants hence I have never taken them. I started going to some spiritual gatherings and those helped me a lot to recover from depression and anxiety.

    With respect to sleep, I have started following sleep hygiene that helped me only a little though. I suffered with severe anxiety when I go to bed for almost 1.5 years or so which made my insomnia worse.

    I have tried

    1. Sleep tracks from Yan

    2. Fisher wallace stimulator

    and unfortunately none of them helped me.

    I have also get my neurotransmitter levels tested and have been on amino acid therapy for the past one year and which seem to help me with my sleep a little. I am taking 5-HTP which supports serotonin.

    I am taking 3 mg of Melatonin every night. I am getting 3 to 4 hours of sleep now after that I sleep but I turn and toss a lot. I am not getting deep sleep and 3 to 4 hours is not enough to be active the following day.


    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Are you getting any treatment or have you sought any medical advice for your anxiety?


    ✘ Not a client

    I don't have anxiety anymore but that was the culprit of my sleep 🙁


    ✘ Not a client

    what kind of treatment exists for anxiety?


    ✘ Not a client

    I also tried Yan's sleep tracks and they didn't help with my sleep. I tried melatonin once but it did nothing for me (1.5 mg). I don't really have an anxiety problem, except maybe for the fear that poor sleep with ruin my health and shorten my life span; but that is not what causes my sleep problem. If you have an anxiety problem then I guess you would need the help of a psychotherapist to find the underlying cause. What is the “amino acid treatment” that you say helped your sleep a little?


    ✘ Not a client

    I found that anxiety played a part in my sleep, but not as an overall thing, since I've had insomnia since I was a baby. But finding the right anxiety medication for me definitely did help, and you may want to speak with a doctor further about attending therapy, if you want to avoid medication for it, though that may be the only choice if that isn't enough.

    Like Owl, melatonin doesn't help me at all, and in fact makes me drag so much during the next couple of days that it wasn't a viable option.

    How are you going on with this now?


    ✘ Not a client

    “Amino acid treatment” is something where they check your neurotransmitter levels. They check your levels of Serotonin, GABA, etc…Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that helps with your sleep. If your serotonin levels are lower than normal levels , they prescribe you some amino acid supplements to bring your neurotransmitters back to normal. For me the levels have been going up and down and I do experience variation in my sleep as they change. I am getting my neurotransmitter levels checked at Neurogistics.com. Hope this information is helpful. Let me know if you need any other information.

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