Melatonin – For a Good Night’s Sleep | MiraDry Delray Beach

 

My entire life I’ve been riddled with sleeping issues. I don’t know that I have any sort of “sleep disorder” but I do know that it is very rare that I get enough sleep. I’ve always assumed it was because of my Type A personality, there aren’t enough hours in the day so I compensate by going to sleep late, and waking up early. Throw in the fact that I have a work schedule that always changes, my circadian rhythm doesn’t even know what’s going on half the time. If you need more related services or best “MiraDry Delray Beach” consulting, visit this website today – https://www.allenbydermatology.com/

I use to take sleeping pills on a pretty regular basis. Not enough to get dependent on them, but whenever I knew I was going to have a hard time to get to sleep, I’d pop a couple. The problem was I’d wake up feeling drowsy. Sometimes I’d only sleep a couple hours at a time, waking up several times throughout the night. Then one day I discovered Melatonin. I still don’t get enough sleep, but I do get a lot more than I use to, and I feel much more rested.

What is Melatonin?

Melatonin is actually a hormone produced in the center of your brain. This hormone is an important part of your circadian rhythm, as it is a key factor in the onset of drowsiness and the drop in body temperature experienced at night time. Melatonin production in your brain is onset with darkness, whereas daylight actually inhibits the production. This fact is the key as to why human beings and many other animals prefer to sleep at night, an evolution opposite of the nocturnal animals that instead developed night vision, echolocation, or other methods to navigate their way through the darkness.

Benefits of Melatonin Supplements

Melatonin, used properly, can help many people who have trouble sleeping. From those with disorders, to those suffering jet lag, even those working graveyard shifts. Since it helps with the onset of your sleeping patterns you can take it a while before you plan on going to bed, and expect a good night’s rest with no worries about grogginess in the morning.

I personally use it to adjust my sleeping patterns, whenever I know I need to get to sleep earlier than I’m currently use to. Often times I’ll work late shifts for a while, then suddenly need to start working early shifts. Our bodies are not meant to do that, so a small dose of melatonin and 5-htp (more on that later) and I’m out like I haven’t slept in forever…I get a good rest, and wake up on time ready to go! This is my personal proof that it works for jet lag as well, since jet lag is essentially the same thing. You are traveling to a place with a different timezone, thereby needing to sleep at a different time.

Now, I don’t have much personal experience using it with sleeping disorders, as I don’t think I have any myself, nor do I know anybody who does. Research has been back and forth on that issue, but I suppose it’s worth a try, if it works it works! If your sleeping disorder is directly related to melatonin production, I’m sure it will…while if it’s something else, such as sleep apnea…it may not.

What I do know, is that it is *great* for those who work at night, sleep during the day. I personally believe that if working graveyard shifts, it is an important supplement to take, regardless of sleep, because of it’s antioxidant properties. That said, when you are sleeping during the day…you are exposed to a lot more light while trying to sleep. This inhibits your melatonin production, thereby directly affecting your sleep patterns. It is very important for your health to cut off as much light from your room as possible, so that you can produce the hormone naturally to some extent, and get a full sleeping schedule.

Not only will the lack of melatonin make it harder to sleep, but sleeping less weakens your immune system substantially. Trust me, I know from experience.

How should I use Melatonin? Are there any side effects?

There have been several studies on melatonin. When used properly, you shouldn’t ever have any side effects. I personally take mine a half hour to an hour before I want to go to sleep. Through trial and error, this has turned out to be the magic moment for me.

Melatonin has a very short half life, as it is fully metabolized and out of your system within 4 hours! This is why it is so important to take it at the right time. Take it too early  and it’s going to be gone before you are able to see real benefits. Take it too late (right as you go to sleep, especially if you aren’t sleeping a full 8 hours) and you may actually get a melatonin hangover, which is just a fancy term for grogginess. This is because you have very specific stages of sleep during the night, and taking it too late pushes those stages back further, which is counterproductive to what you are trying to accomplish.

Another problem I see running rampant all over the internet is melatonin overdose. No, it can’t kill you. I have never found any information on a toxicity level for melatonin (although I’m sure if you took 4 bottles of it you’re going to have some sort of effect). But studies show that even an average dose of 3mg is 10 times what we actually need. Now, average supplements come in 1 to 5mg doses, and none of these are going to harm you. What I see are people taking 20-50mgs a night, certain that this will help them more.

People! More is not better! They have not found any permanent side effects of overdosing on melatonin, but it is proven that too much is actually counterproductive. Because of the complicated mechanisms behind your sleeping cycles, having too much may put you asleep for one night, but then it will actually hinder your sleeping patterns for days after that. Taking that extreme amount again on following days will not have the same effects, either. If you want to supplement your supplement, then stick to the proper dose…there are other methods.

If you’re really interested in trying a safe, natural sleep aid, give it a try. I recommend it to everybody on a pretty regular basis. I’m that happy with it!

And later, I’ll post some good information on good combination supplements that work wonders, as well as some additional benefits from it’s use. Sleep well!