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  • Try L-tryptophan or pumpkin seeds or raw milk instead of sleeping pills

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    Monday, April 02, 2012 8:10 am Email this article
    Sleeping pills were associated with a 4.6 times greater risk of death over 2.5 years according to a recent study.

    Instead of sleeping pills, you might try L-tryptophan or pumpkin seeds (which contain tryptophan), or (raw) milk instead of sleeping pills.

    (See the Weston A. Price Foundation for why raw milk is better than pasteurized milk. See here or what the excellent presentation by Sally Fallon from the Weston A. Price Foundation talking about raw milk here.)

    I've taken L-tryptophan for sleep for 30 years -- occasionally for the first 11 years, and just about every night for the last 19 years. (I have NOT tried pumpkin seeds.)

    More is not better.

    If I take too much, I will wake up after 3-4 hours.

    I'd prefer to take a small dose (500 mg) and bedtime, and then if I wake up too early, take another small dose (250-500 mg).

    If I eat chicken or turkey at night, I will NOT take the tryptophan at bedtime.

    If I drink raw milk late at night, I will reduce the dose of tryptophan to 250 mg because milk contains tryptophan.

    I have also found that taking larger doses of iodine for the past several years has reduce the amount of tryptophan I need.

    I have very little experience with 5-HTP -- 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan -- which is made in our bodies from L-tryptophan.

    However, I have read that 5-HTP can cause stimulation several hours later, so be aware of this. L-tryptophan makes more sense to me than 5-HTP since this is what is found in our diet.


    Subjects: 10,000+ people taking sleeping pills vs 23,000+ not taking sleeping pills

    The study followed 10,529 people given prescriptions for sleeping pills and compared them with 23,636 matched controls who had not been given a prescription for sleeping pills.

    Follow-up Period

    Average follow-up of 2.5 years

    The subjects were followed for an average of 2.5 years.


    Kripke D, Langer R, Kline L. Hypnotics’ association with mortality or cancer: A matched cohort study. BMJ Open. 2012, 2(1):e000850.


    Dr Daniel F Kripke
    Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center
    La Jolla, California, USA
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