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Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:43 am
by AriaLittlhous
I just learned that as melatonin decreases, dopamine increases. I'm guessing this is why I can fall asleep at 330 am, when melatonin decreases and dopamine increases. I'm wondering if I slowly start going to bed earlier, like now, or in 20 minutes, if I could train my brain to start releasing dopamine earlier.

Re: Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:57 pm
by Polar Bear
You have nothing to lose by trying it out and if you do, we'd be most grateful if you kept us informed of how it worked for you.

Re: Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:55 am
by AriaLittlhous
Yeah, right now my big problem is trying too many things and spending too much time on line talking about it! I was on pramipexole for ten years and just realized a couple of months ago that it was ruining my life, tears. Never again. I'm all natural now. Btw, the falling asleep at 330 doesn't seem to because of melatonin--today I didn't drop of until after 7, and only after: thc, advil pm, calms forte....sigh.

Re: Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:52 am
by Rustsmith
AriaLittlhous, since you mentioned advil pm, you may need to be careful with that one. Most of the OTC products like it contain a first generation antihistamine such as Benedryl. The first generation antihistamines are known to be frequent RLS triggers. In my opinion, you would be better off with the THC, an herbal tea or even a glass of milk. Oh, and a hot (or sometimes very cold) bath helps many of us.

Re: Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:10 pm
by Stainless
Rustsmith, I agree Benedryl is a trigger for me. The first doctor I asked about RLS suggested I try it and my RLS was as bad as it had ever been that night. I haven't taken it since. But I use Advil PM about one a week and sleep much better. I don't use it more often because of fear of long term use with everything else I take.

Re: Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:00 pm
by debbluebird
Doesn't Advil pm have benadryl in it? I didn't look it up. I know some pm meds do. Plus some people need to be careful with kidneys. I can't take it for that reason.
I took mirapex for many years. Had problems I didn't realize because of it. Have been off for almost 8 years, but now I am taking lowest dose twice a week. No more than that and it is working with out problems.

Re: Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:47 pm
by Rustsmith
I just looked and one of the ingredients in Advil PM is the generic form of Bendryl. If it works, then great. But it is something that has the potential of causing problems for many of us.

Re: Training Brain to Release Dopamine earlier

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:22 pm
by Yankiwi
I took Advil PM in a hotel in New York about 30 years ago and when it didn't work I took another. Boy was that a bad idea—I got virtually no sleep that night.