Since some of you have posted that you have sleep difficulties, I thought I would inform you of a lab test I had done that measures neurotransmitters and can help pinpoint what might be the cause of your problem. This could help you to determine what supplements to use.
In any case, the test I took was the Sleep Difficulties profile, which is done by Neuroscience Inc. There website is:
You collect urine and saliva at the time of night that you have difficulty sleeping. In my case, I fall asleep ok. On the night I decided to do the test, I woke up around 2 AM and collected saliva and urine at that time. The following morning I shipped these off to NeuroScience. If you are having trouble falling asleep, then that is when you would collect the samples. Obviously the night that you decide to do the test you should abstain from any sleep medications/supplements that you normally take.
The Sleep Difficulty test measures cortisol, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, seratonin, gaba, glutamate, PEA, histamine, creatinine. They have a brief description (including pathways) of these and other neurotransmitters here:
As it turns out my melatonin is actually fairly high (which is good), but my PEA is very high (good during the day but not good at night when you are trying to sleep), my cortisol is high (not good), seratonin is low (not good),norepinephrine and epinephrine are hight (not good for sleep). These are all quantified, but I didn’t want to bore you with that.
Neuroscience recommends a list of supplements for you based upon your results. You are free to buy from them or purchase on your own.
The one downside is that you have to get the test through your health care provider (any licensed health care provider will do…doesnt have to be an M.D.). If your interested, go to their website above and they have a form you can fillout and they can find a health care practitioner in your area or they have a form for your physician to fill out.
Let’s see. The cost was $180, which will be worth it if it turns out to be helpful. I only got my results today and will start taking the supplements tonight. My MD said it would probably take around 3 weeks to start seeing results.