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How to Take 5-HTP With Caffeine

By Leigh Wittman

5-Hydroxytryptophan — often abbreviated to 5-HTP — is an amino acid that aids the production of melatonin and serotonin from tryptophan, two neurotransmitters that influence sleep and mood. 5-HTP is available over the counter and is often used as a natural sleep aid. Caffeine is a stimulant aiding in alertness and wakefulness. This stimulant is commonly found in soft drinks, coffee, tea and energy drinks. Using 5-HTP with caffeine is a balancing act.

Consult your physician prior to using 5-HTP or caffeine.

  1. Drink a caffeinated beverage in the morning and afternoon. Stop drinking caffeinated beverages at 3 p.m. Drinking caffeinated beverages later than this time can cause insomnia.

  2. Administer your 5-HTP with a glass of water one hour prior to going to bed. The typical dosage of 5-HTP is 200 mg.

  3. Plan to wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day. Adhering to a strict sleeping and waking schedule will encourage restful sleep.

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