What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a natural hormone made in the human body. It helps regular your body’s sleep-wake cycles. When it becomes dark outside, your body produces Melatonin to prepare you for sleeping and stops the production of Melatonin when it becomes light outside.
Benefits of Melatonin
Beat Jet Lag
Jet lag is the most disliked part of traveling. When flying across time zones, your body’s natural circadian rhythm is disrupted making many people tried and irritated. Supplementing with Melatonin will improve your alertness, coordination, and tiredness making traveling more fun.
Some studies have shown that Melatonin helps individuals fall asleep faster especially in older adults. Take Melatonin one to hours before bed for full effectiveness.
Focus at Work
Working crazy shift hours can impact your ability to fall asleep and have a set sleep schedule. Melatonin can help you adjust your sleep schedule so that no matter what time you fall asleep you can have a good ‘nights’ rest.
Improve Sleep Problems
Melatonin can help children and adults with their sleep problems. By shortening the time to fall asleep and the time spent asleep, you will feel more rested when morning comes. Many individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy have found that Melatonin has greatly benefited them.
Dosage of Melatonin
The following dosages are based off of research studies and doctor recommendations. Always consult a doctor for choosing a supplement.
- Sleep disorders: .05-5 mg
- Endometriosis: 10 mg daily for 8 weeks
- High Blood Pressure: 2-3 mg of controlled-release melatonin
- Jet Lag: 0.5-8 mg
- Sleep Disorders: 0.5-4 mg