The dosing on the bottle says twice daily or at bedtime as 5htp may induce drowsiness. Also warning not to drive, operate heavy machinery, drink alcohol.
You can get 5-HTP without valerian. I take it for mild anxiety, and I get mine from Vitamin Shoppe.
My bottle says 3x a day with meals, it does have a warning that it may induce drowsiness, etc. I kindda like this particular form. I think I will experiemnt with 2 pills at bedtime, and check out into L-tyrosine next time I am grocery-shopping
Unfortunately, still no effect on fruit cravings
I makes me sleepy too, but it sure does work to suppress my appetite and cuts the sugar cravings. I have to take it with a cup of coffee and some tyrosine. I take after lunch and another before bed.
Def don't take 5HTP; it is the precursor to serotonin and melatonin which are bad:
Serotonin, depression, and aggression - The problem of brain energy.
I strongly disagree with the above post. My personal experience does not reflect that Ray Peat's conclusions have any bearing in reality.
Take charge of your moods ... naturally
Check out Julia Ross' The Mood Cure for more information. It's a little outdated (5-htp is easy to get online nowadays), but the content is excellent.