My mind bings 100% awake after four-ish hours asleep and then if I'm lucky I can get a few more 30min chunks of sleep before I get up.
When it awakes, I am not worried and not mulling anything, just 100% daytime awake. I make myself stay put, and I do listen to audio books (drony male British voices reading boring literature/novels works well).
A few months ago, I started taking 2.5 mg Melatonin near bedtime to speed up falling asleep process, which works great.
Recently I added 50mg L-theanine to calm my thinker because as soon as it wakes up at 2:30am-ish, it continues full-bore processing complex stuff it was working on all day, The L-theanine is working to focus and calm the "analyzer" bit so that I can direct my mind to activities that are more sleep inviting. Like visualizing various textures (for some reason).
Anyone else tried this combination, and experienced side effects from either/both?
PS. I did try 5-HTP very briefly but it made me really agitated and fragile the next day (unlike most people's success with it), which of course isn't fair to others around me :)
Hi misfit61, where do you get magnesium from? I'm gonna have a little search on line later, as you suggested, just wondering if you had any recommendations on the best source of magnesium? Cheers.
You have a nice positive outlook, Misfit. I feel similarly, actually. It's been a relief, and is rapidly becoming my new odd topic to research to death - always have ONE on the go, and now I understand that it is likely related to the ASD itself.
It's like I've turned the turret of my researching brain inward in some way.
If you're like me, you might also be refactoring a whole lot of the events and circumstances of the past, seeing it all through a different lens. It's been helpful for me to do that anyway.
Diagnosis of APD was recently added - I find that one a bit more frustrating as it's to a degree that isn't treatable.
Hope you find a good outlet in art! Mine is wilderness. I can release all verbal and bask in sensory overload of the good kind. This planet is thrumming with countless miracles to see, hear, smell, feel. Content-less exploration!
Oh, and no my GP didn't. Actually I haven't told my GP or anyone except 5 people so far.
Melatonin can be bought very cheaply (generic). Theanine is harder to find - it's usually in some sleep remedy that is sold in health stores, sometimes in pharmacies. You have to actually read the label to see if it's listed - it doesn't usually say it on the front. It's often paired with melatonin so make sure you don't overdo. I don't think we need more than 1-3mg max of melatonin, and it seems to work up to 6 hrs for me if i take it before bed. I shouldn't recommend anything on here tho - I'm sure they don't want that. I'm just saying what I do, what works or not for me (5HTP was a disaster lol).
pectrumnews.org/news/melatonin-gains-momentum-sleep-aid-people-autism/?utm_source=Copy+of+Spectrum+News+%28Daily+Report%29&utm_campaign=2ccfa63121-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5d6f652fd5-2ccfa63121-168431521 This is recent research on melatonin
The first article could just as easily be applied to adults and might be helpful. When I did buy magnesium I got it from the local health store but you would be able to find it online too. Magnesium also said to help reduce pain as well. Like both of you Ihave sleep issues but for several different reasons. I’m glad you are both benefiting from the forum helpful and finding ways to adapt your lives. Lovely to see you being proactive as a result of your new found information and diagnosis.
We would encourage anyone thinking about trying medication to check with their GP before starting to take anything new. There's more information about melatonin on our website here: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/health/sleep.aspx