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by 5 · June 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I want to easily change the color settings of my TV to reduce blue light in the evenings like f.lux does for computers. Is there anybody doing this or something similar ?There are some settings on the TV that I'm not used to but it's probably able... (more)

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raydawg 0 · June 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Or you could not watch TV at night, or if you do wear orangle lensed glasses.

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by 188 · May 06, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I will be experimenting with these three supplements individually, dedicating one month to each and documenting my results. Any personal positive or negative experiences would help my awareness during the experiment. I will be taking... (more)

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daz 0 · May 06, 2014 at 10:37 PM

i was just reading up a bit on supping with tryptophan... its best taken away from other amino acids (eg away from proteins), so probably best taken on an empty stomach (which i think most of the tryp supps mention on the bottle). the... (more)

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by 568 · April 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I'd like to buy some of those glasses you wear at night to cut down on the blue light hitting special receptors in your eyes and preventing melatonin and possibly other important circadian hormonal cycles... Any experience with these? What's... (more)

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wtfgod 0 · April 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

From what I can tell they do work in general, I do feel more tired/relaxed when I wear them before bed but they don't seem to help my sleep. ( from what I can tell ) The ones I wear are the cheap uvex ones, they look horrible, don't wear... (more)

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by 258 · June 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Should we worry about taking melatonin supplements? in Lights Out the author doesn't recommend it because it supposedly shrinks the pineal gland and reduces our natural production. Is there any evidence for this?

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Eva 0 · October 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Apparently, in many people, the pineal gland shrinks and produces less as we age. I don't see any long term studies on supplemental melatonin though. I would not be surprised if regular long term use caused the body to produce less melatonin on... (more)

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by 0 · May 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I have problem with sleeping and I think the reason is about cortisol and melatonin. My morning cortisol is just on the high limit of the expected levels for morning and night cortisol just on the low limit of expected levels for night. Melatonin... (more)

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Mash 0 · May 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

You could possibly try taking some B-12. Effect of Vitamin B12 on Performance and Circadian Rhythems in Normal Subjects: http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v15/n5/pdf/1380492a.pdf I personally started taking the NOW Methyl B-12 (1000mcg)... (more)

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by 233 · April 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

lol.. Wouldn't that be dopeness?

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jessica_11 0 · April 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

are you stoned?

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by 4145 · August 26, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Pardon the super awkward wording of that question. Surprisingly, I am a native English speaker. I know there are other threads along the same subject, but I couldn't find an answer to this. I very, very rarely turn to any sort of sleep aid... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I think we need someone to make a clean supplement that provides timed release melatonin at slightly ever increasing levels until it reaches a peak release, followed by a drop and decreased release. Sort of like a flat line going into a sharp... (more)

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by 80 · August 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I am exhausted upon waking (5am) and feel burnt-out every afternoon. Please hack my sleep! My hours at work changed last summer and I needed to start waking up at 5am instead of 6am for the opening shift. It didn't work out well. I’d get between... (more)

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Criddersen 0 · March 01, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Have you checked out the Paleo Sleep Challenge? Here is the link to sign-up (it is FREE). The idea is to help you establish specific sleep goals. The goals will revolve around "sleep efficiency" metrics and aggregate time slept and will be... (more)

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by 100 · February 02, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I was reading another post and someone posted the article below by Dr. Ray Peat and if I understand it correctly, you don't want to take 5-HTP because it increases Serotonin, which is exactly why I was taking it. If you agree with Dr. Peat's... (more)

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Missi 0 · February 02, 2013 at 5:36 PM

It's not without harm. 5-HTP f'd up my periods, too heavy, too often, until I stopped taking it. It was a long time ago but I think the dr. said it played with the hormones.

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by 343 · December 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Hi all, I'm looking for some advice regarding my awful sleep. I'm one of those people who goes to bed reasonably early (say 9.30-10pm) and falls asleep without too much problem, then wakes up anywhere around 1-3 am, is awake until around 6, then... (more)

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jake3_14 0 · December 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Not strictly paleo, but I eat chili w/ beans + some lard (2T) and cheese (1/2 oz. cheddar, shredded) for a carby meal 1-2x/week. The beans don't bother me.

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by 5 · November 16, 2012 at 7:33 AM

I have recently been prescribed melatonin 2mg for severe insomnia. The first night I took it I was knocked out, which was lovely but I had strange grogginess/ slowing down of my whole system for the next 2 days. I have low blood pressure as it is... (more)

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Wisper 0 · November 15, 2012 at 1:11 AM

I took melatonin for years. Stopped when my stocks ran out, and after reading a study that it can cause depression when used long-term. It's a hormone, so it should be used with caution - there's probably a good reason why it naturally gets lower... (more)

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by 16858 · October 03, 2012 at 4:28 PM

So I've had several times where melatonin, both regular and time release has prevented, where the night before/after there was no issue with sleep, but I didn't take it. I don't normally take the stuff, and from the looks of it, I don't actually... (more)

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Ten_Bulls 0 · October 03, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Middle insomnia makes me think cortisol regulation problems. If that's the issue, melatonin will only help around the edges. Is it possible that when you're a little extra stressed about the next day, you tend to take more melatonin? You don't... (more)

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by 1579 · September 04, 2012 at 1:48 AM

If melatonin is needed for sleep & light zaps away melatonin production. Then why do we nap during the day?

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Chris_33 0 · September 04, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I don't nap during the day. Next question.

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by 5 · July 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I had a knee scope on 7/3. I eat paleo with dairy (cream + cheese) and per below some coffee and some alcohol (though not at all for past week for either). I only tend to eat 2 meals per day, and pretty low carb. Last night I added a bunch of... (more)

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Crowlover_ 0 · July 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Sorry. This sounds very hard. Better times ahead so don't worry. I agree with Matt. Get off the narcotics and Ambien. Narcotics are known to mess up sleep. Get some 5htp ASAP and take it at night is my recommendation. It really helps. You... (more)

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by 5323 · April 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I have been thinking about the issue of natural lighting recently, and looking into soft lamps, flameless candles (Using candles themselves seems a bit hassley and messy), even some sort of simulated fire or fire effect heater. I also am... (more)

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animaleater 0 · April 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I use red lightbulbs in the evening. Put me to sleep fast.

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by 134 · March 09, 2013 at 6:30 PM

For a bit of sleeping aid and calm down before bed. Been taking Magnesium Glycinate for a few years but often see recommendations for Natural Calm. Which is preferable and anyone tried both? Also your opinions on Melatonin and which dose/form... (more)

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Jeff_20 0 · March 09, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I take Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder. It has high natural Magnesium, Zinc, and Tryptophan content. One of the best there are. Check it out.

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by 2198 · July 14, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I gather nightlife is not very paleo or good for your circadian rhythm, sleep cycles, and melatonin production. What's a single grokster to do?

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Julia_6 0 · July 08, 2012 at 2:20 AM

If you are a male grok then I don't recommend you find the closest lady Grok and drag her back to your den by her hair :p

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by 333 · May 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM

I have had sleeping issues (trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, wake up easily) for the last year, the onset was initiated by an increase in workout intensity/frequency. I've cut back significantly on the workout frequency to address... (more)

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Bruce_2 0 · May 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Over the counter anti histamine works for me, I cut the pill into quarters, it is just enough to help me fall asleep when I need it and doesn't leave me groggy the next day.

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by 571 · February 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM

If anyone has had experience with supplementing melatonin at night, what have you found to be a good amount? Do you prefer the sublingual or the timed release?

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Jenny_9 0 · February 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I learned in a psych class a few years back that taking melatonin does not actually cause it to function as melatonin does in the body, so it has a low efficacy in treating sleep deprivation. Is that not true?

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by 1458 · December 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I was listening to a podcast... not sure which one as I have been listening to a lot at night to put me to sleep. Robb mentioned that he uses melatonin a good bit especially to avoid jet lag (I want to say something up to 8mg.. could that be... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · November 06, 2011 at 4:21 AM

Melatonin helps me get to sleep, but any dosage more than 1mg gives me side effects ranging from sluggishness the next morning to hallucinations. Seems very strong for a supplement, to me. I take it no more than 1-2x per month, and only when I... (more)

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by 2256 · November 06, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Once again I am asking on behalf of my girlfriend, Her sleep sucks, and it is really starting to bother her. She is 100% paleo, She has crappy digestion (taking HLC to help improve) She is currently doing a variation of Starting Strength... (more)

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Chris_Antenucci 0 · November 05, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Melatonin can be very helpful for many people, but not everyone. One reason is a little known fact is that much of the melatonin we produce, like serotonin, is in the gut. According to one study it produces 400 times more than the pineal gland... (more)

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by 40 · July 22, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I still don't understand the significance of the prolactin surge (especially in older people).. what happens if you eat carbs within 4 hours of going to sleep? What is LR? I am neither a neurosurgeon, nor a scientist, nor a physician – is there... (more)

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Nancy_3 0 · July 22, 2012 at 5:40 AM

How does this prolactin cycle work or not work for someone who has over 200 of prolactin in her bloodstream at all times? (prolactinoma)

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by 678 · July 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Vitals - 40 y/o male, 6' 165lbs, eating paleo for over a year, lifting weights for nearly a year. I formerly suffered from reactive hypoglycemia, but cured it with the aforementioned diet and exercise. Overall I'm fit and physically I feel good... (more)

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Jeff_4 0 · July 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Get a sleep study. You could have Sleep Disordered Breathing. You air way shutting down could be waking you up so you will breath. I've had it for 13 years. Lost 100lbs eating paleo and it didn't go away. It has to do with how your airway... (more)

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by 482 · April 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

After ceasing to take Natural Calm, I decided maybe I would give Melatonin a shot. This stuff kept me awake until 4am this morning. The main reason I'm experimenting with all these sleeping remedies is because I want to get my cortisol down.... (more)

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becker 0 · April 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I've struggled with insomnia my entire life, so this is right up my alley. I just bought a blindfold/sleeping mask and UBEX "Amber" colored safety glasses from Amazon. I've also been using Hearos Ultra-Soft ear plugs for about a year and half... (more)

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by 310 · March 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

If you take melatonin, does your own natural production of melatonin downregulate after a time? if so, how long does it take to screw up your own melatonin? Any idea on where I can read more about this? Thanks!

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ben61820 0 · April 09, 2011 at 6:30 PM

everything i've read says that it would indeed downregulate your own production if you continually use it. here and there i wouldnt think would be an issue.