Case Study: Wired but Tired

A 35 year old woman presented with extreme tiredness and fatigue, alongside anxiety. She had noticed that she often felt “wired but tired” which was resulting in sleep onset issues as well.

The patient was prescribed 100mg of 5-HTP at rising and retiring.


The patient was reviewed after two weeks of treatment and it was found that her anxiety had significantly lowered. She also mentioned that her sleep had been more restful which had resulted in her feeling more refreshed and less fatigued. However, she wanted to reduce her fatigue further. For future treatment, diet and other nutritional deficiencies are being reviewed.

Mechanism of Action

5-HTP is the direct precursor of Serotonin. Serotonin is primarily researched to be affective in mood, appetite and sleep regulation, among numerous other physiological actions.
It is likely that increasing Serotonin levels resulted in reduced anxiety and fatigue for the patient.

Related Compound: 5-HTP

S QLD / N NSW Area Manager

Jessica Morland

Jess is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine. She believes that there is no one size fits all approach and is passionate about educating, inspiring and supporting clients and practitioners with a customised approach to healthcare. Specialties include preconception, pregnancy, post-natal and infant care. 

Jess is excited to build relationships, educate and share her knowledge with both retail and practitioners in South Queensland and Northern NSW.

Lauren Matich, BHSc (Nat.)

Lauren Matich

BHSc (Nat.)

Lauren is an NHAA accredited Clinical Naturopath with a Bachelor of Health Science. She is incredibly passionate about natural health and educating clients on the foundational importance of nutrition, lifestyle and stress management and believes complimenting these building blocks with nutraceutical support and functional testing often holds the key to optimal health and vitality. Lauren looks forward to supporting practitioners and clients in these key areas.

Specialties include supporting thyroid health, digestive disorders and mental health.