Sleep Apnea and Serotonin

Sleep apnea can sometimes be caused by reduced levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects our moods.

The nerves that control breathing need a certain amount of serotonin in order to do their job.

An improperly-working serotonin system deprives the body of an adequate supply of the neurotransmitter, resulting in sleep apnea.

Researchers believe that in these apnea cases, the use of a serotonin precursor such as 5-HTP can be a big help in alleviating sleep apnea.

Doctors who advocate the use of 5-HTP recommend that their apnea patients take 100 to 300 mg of it before going to bed.

In most cases, the result is more restful sleep with fewer awakenings, and increased concentration and productivity the next day.

Of course, you should check with your doctor before taking 5-HTP.