Recovering from a bad night’s sleep

I slept very poorly on Monday night. Probably a combination of factors – excitement about my upcoming trip, my natural inclination to stay up past midnight, garbage day noise outside, an odd dream, a thai ice tea at lunch (d’oh!) – but it left me groggy and not functioning at my usual pace yesterday.

Knowing that I need to get a lot done at work this week and that I was not going to be productive for the last hour and a half of my work day given my sleepy condition, I left early. On the way home I stopped off at the store to at least accomplish one "to-do" on my list. While there I also bought a few "Insomnia rebound" supplies.

According to Wikipedia,

Tryptophan is an amino acid and essential in human nutrition… Tryptophan is also a precursor for serotonin (a neurotransmitter) and melatonin (a neurohormone)… Tryptophan is particularly plentiful in chocolate, oats, bananas, dried dates, milk, cottage cheese, meat, fish, turkey, and peanuts.

Melatonin, or 5-methoxy-N-acetyltryptamine, is a hormone produced by pinealocytes in the pineal gland, located in the brain, but also in the retina and GI tract. It is a derivative of the amino acid tryptophanMelatonin helps regulate sleep-wake or circadian rhythms.

So, when I got back to my place around 5:30pm, I had the following dinner while I checked up on some email and other low-key tasks:

  • a small glass of milk
  • a big spoonful of peanut butter (about 2 or 3 Tablespoons worth)
  • two slices of turkey (with Trader Joe’s Raspberry Chipotle Sauce to spice things up)

I’d had a big serving of eggplant & bean cake at lunch, so didn’t feel too bad about my lack of vegetables. Plus all that was very filling since I don’t normally take in such a big dose of protein at one sitting.

One other thing I think may have helped was that I did not play any music – I will normally put iTunes on shuffle play – and the silence may have helped with lulling me towards sleep.

By 7:15pm I was yawning and began doing my pre-sleep tooth care, etc. I must have gone to bed between 7:45pm and 8, but I was very drowsy and didn’t note the exact time. I figured I’d probably nap for a couple hours and then get up and have a glass of warm milk to knock myself out again.

Instead I slept solidly through the night, surfacing at around 3:30am briefly and then falling right back asleep. When my alarm went off at 6:40am, I awoke refreshed and alert. Hooray for tryptophan!

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Dinah from Kabalor

Author. Discardian. GM. Current project: creating an inclusive indie fantasy ttrpg

3 thoughts on “Recovering from a bad night’s sleep”

  1. Hi Dinah. I have just posted a comment on that ongoing ‘we hate sport’ campaign you spearheaded many moons ago and thought I would see what your latest comment was. Coincidentally, I am having a bit if an insomniaky phase right now but wont take any sleeping tablets because of bad experiences in the past. I have taken an over the counter medication called ‘Nytol’ which is in tablet form but on the occasions I have taken it previously it has brought on asthmatic type symptoms. Strange thing is, last night when I couldnt sleepiI had the same reaction but this happened without any medication.
    Guess I am going to have to count chuffing sheep. Baaaaah!
    Sleep tight and dont let the bedbugs bite.x


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