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Quoting Vincent Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Hi Bruce,
> As an regular insomniac I sympathise here.
> I don't really know much about the physiology of this, but I had the
> idea that the warm drink, especially warm milk, released some kind of
> chemicals that help induce sleep. Perhaps it impacts on melatonin
That would be tryptophane which is metabolized to 5-HTP
(serotonin) in the brain. Serotonin is the hormone that regulates
sleep, mood and feelings of well-being. It's also released
under the influence of MDMA / XTC the well-known empathogen
idolized in the dance scene. Warm milk and honey is known
for its sleep inducing function.
In order to get some more sleep it might also help to get
some less caffein. Also stop watching tv half an hour
before going to bed. There are also herbal tea's meant to
improve sleep. Try your reform house.
> Engaging in some kind of task, like reading, can break the cycle, but
> you say- why is this?
Reading about topics that are of little interest
to you should make ideal sleeping inducers.
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