BrianM wrote:5-HTP is a chemical in the brain whichs lead to the increase in seratonin levels which will allow you get more REM sleep. This helps one of the symptoms of not getting restful sleep for us "apneacs(?)".
I was wondering if anyone has tried this and if it was effective? I have seen several articles/blogs that say it is but I was looking to see if anyone has had any luck with it? Did it help improve your sleep quality?
I am still adjusting to my CPAP and am awake 15-20 times a night moving my hose or adjusting my mask or rolling over because of the pressure on the bridge of my nose from it and was wondering if trying this could help in the interim till I get fully acclimated
REM Sleep doesn't necessarily give you restful sleep. During REM Sleep there is considerable brain activity and dreams are very vivid...........you can also dream in Non REM Sleep, but these drerams are not vivid. During REM Sleep your body also becomes 'paralysed'.......
Your deepest sleep is during Stages 3 & 4 of Non REM Sleep (also called slow wave sleep). While a certain amount of rest is achieved during REM Sleep, the most restorative and restful sleep is achieved during Stages 3 & 4 of Non REM Sleep.
I believe that seratonin is a naturally produced item, but haven't heard of it being brought on by drugs.
The fact that you are awakening 15/20 times per night will disrupt your sleep architecture. It is so important to get the mask right and cut out leaks.
If you are having pressure on the bridge of your nose, either your mask is a bad fit or your straps are too tight and uneven........or both. Can you post some detail on your pressure, type of machine, make and model of mask, whether you breathe through your mouth or nose or both.