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Insomnia is in Your Head

April 6, 2014

Insomnia can be a key factor in causing you stress.

The neurotransmitter serotonin which makes us feel good is made from an essential amino acid called Tryptophan. An essential amino acid is an acid that the body cannot make it on its own but required for proper body function. You must get it from your diet, and you must be able to metabolize proteins in your stomach.

Serotonin metabolizes into melatonin, the neurotransmitter that helps us sleep. So if you don’t get Tryptophan or are unable to break it down due to poor stomach function, you will not be able to make serotonin nor melatonin and will wind up with sleep issues and possibly depression.

If you are not getting Tryptophan in your diet and/or have poor stomach function – are not able to break down and absorb nutrients. If you are malnourish (low on vitamins) can be why your stomach cannot break down foods and absorb nutrients properly. This may be common be common among gastric bypass patients due to the bypassing of a portion of the small intestine.

This is one possible cause of insomnia, there are many.

Talk to your doctor about your insomnia, they know it is important to your health.

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