Need a Better Night’s Sleep without Habit Forming Drugs? Try This!
Filed under: Sleep
Prescription drugs can be habit forming and come with dangerous side effects, but there are natural remedies such as Melatonin that can help you achieve quality rest.
But you may have questions such as: What is melatonin? Is it safe? Would it work for me?
Here are a few answers…
What is melatonin? Melatonin is a naturally-occurring substance in the body. Produced by the pineal gland in the brain, the hormone signals to your body that it’s time to sleep. Decreasing amounts signal the opposite; it’s time to wake up.
For most of us, our brains begin to produce more melatonin at night, after the sun goes down.
But for many people, melatonin levels are disrupted, due to lack of exposure to natural light, jet lag or working night shifts. We recently discovered that exposure to radiation emitting from wireless technology such as cell phones, routers and Wi-Fi systems is having negative impact on natural production of melatonin. The good news is that people often find relief by taking melatonin supplements.
Is melatonin safe? Generally speaking, melatonin carries fewer side effects than prescription (or even other non-prescription) sleep aids. Most people respond well to melatonin, although they might need to experiment just a bit to identify their appropriate dosage. If you take too much, for example, you could experience more trouble waking up in the morning, or other problems such as a short depression, headache, or stomach discomfort. Too little might not be completely effective.
Melatonin is safe for most people, but they can interact with the following drugs:
- anticoagulents (blood thinners)
- some drugs used to treat diabetes
- birth control pills
If you use any drugs in those categories, talk to your doctor before adding melatonin to your regimen.
Will it work for me? Research has shown that melatonin is quite effective for many people, particularly those with insomnia. Many night-shift workers report success as well. Of course, in some people a multi-faceted approach is necessary, such as eliminating other factors that prevent proper sleep, dietary changes, and so on. If you’re suffering from lack of sleep, frequent waking, or other sleep disturbances, melatonin could very well provide the help you need.
If you’d like to give melatonin a try, reach out to me. GIA Wellness has a liquid form of melatonin called i-Rest that can assist you in getting a better night’s rest.