Today I want to talk about a sleep aid that has been used for many years called Melatonin.
What is Melatonin? Also known as N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine, is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in humans and animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness.
Comes in pill and liquid form and you can buy it pretty much at any place with a pharmacy or drug store. It works by increasing the feeling of sleepiness and extends the duration of your sleep. Melatonin has many uses when it comes to sleep improvement in healthy people. When you’re traveling for a while and changing time zones this hormone can help with jetlag.
When using this powerful hormone it’s best to start with a small dosage, the recommended dosage is .03- 1.0 mg to take.
If you can only find pills with 2-3 mg you can cut the pill in half and take that. Testing out the dosage is necessary some experience morning groggy if the dose is too high.
There are two types of releases into the body with Melatonin:
The Immediate Fast Release: With this type of supplement, the full dose of melatonin is absorbed into the bloodstream all at once. This delivery system has been well-documented with decades of research behind it.
The Slow Time Release: a more recent development, with fewer studies behind it. A time release melatonin supplement mimics the body’s natural release of the hormone throughout the night.
If you are taking a higher dose of melatonin, over 3 milligrams, consider a time release supplement, as taking more than 4 milligrams all at once in an immediate release form can be too much and can leave you feeling harsh.
Melatonin taken orally in reasonable amounts is generally safe but here are a few side effects you may experience.
If you are taking any medications, please consult your doctor before taking.
Melatonin does have some less than favorable drug interactions.
As with anything you are taking natural or other, it’s best to do a little more research. Here is a great article with more in-depth information, if you are interested.