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Can taking melatonin help you to get the sleep you need?

Fighting Insomnia: Can Melatonin Help You Get Some Sleep

Sleep deprivation seems like it’s at an all-time high with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting nearly forty million Americans are getting fewer than six hours of sleep per night. Over time, sleep deprivation can lead to a variety of health issues such as difficulty concentrating, mood changes, memory issues, and paranoia.

If you have trouble getting a good night sleep regularly, you know how disruptive it is in living a normal life. But what if the fix was as easy as taking a melatonin supplement?

What Is Melatonin?

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that is connected to our internal clock and releases in the brain when it gets dark, telling us it’s time to go to sleep. The issue with this hormone is it decreases as we age, causing many of us to find it difficult to sleep.

The good news is, according to Professor Richard Wurtman, lead scientist on an MIT study on the effects of melatonin, a dose of just 0.3 milligrams is beneficial for a restful night sleep. One of the problems the study discovered has to do with dosage.

How to Make Melatonin Work for You

One way to find out if a melatonin supplement is right for you is to try different doses. Studies recommend starting low at about 3 mg and adding more as needed.

Benefits of Melatonin

With all the sleep aids out there, why should we choose melatonin? It can assist with a number of issues with sleep and disrupted sleep cycles including:

Jet lag
Shift work
Circadian rhythm
Long weekends
Traveling

Anytime we have disrupted sleep patterns, it can throw us out of whack and the need for assistance in getting back on track. Melatonin could be just what the doctor ordered.


REFERENCES

http://news.mit.edu/2005/melatonin
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evidence-based-living/201803/the-evidence-melatonin-insomnia
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy-sleep/sleep-science/melatonin-for-sleep-does-it-work
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4273450/
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/melatonin


Maria Pease 

Health & Wellness Writer Bio

Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.