I had taken it in my 20’s to help me fall asleep and ease the pressures I put on myself to be perfect. Needless to say those youthful delusions of perfection are no closer to being realized now than they were all those years ago, now I just don't seem to care as much.
If you are looking for a break in the swirl of thoughts that come up at bed time you may want to consider Tryptophan as an aid. I also used a guided meditation tape I would listen to about 15 minutes after I took the L Tryptophan, in a quite bedroom, clean cotton sheets, fluffy pillows, cool room temperature, and as dark as possible. Combine the comfort, with the amino acid, and guided thoughts I would fall asleep and stay asleep all night. If I did happen to wake up I would start the tape again and soon be off.
Even today when I have trouble sleeping I have a boring lecture on tape I listen to at very soft volume and fall asleep quickly, or I have other meditations on my ipod, thank you Steve Jobs, that guide me back to sleep.
Tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood. Tryptophan also supports the body’s production of niacin, which supports heart health.
I find as I get older falling asleep and staying asleep is serious business.