Melatonin: The "Sleep" Hormone


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I have problems sleeping. Not only would I call myself a night owl,night owl.jpg but when I do eventually get in to bed, I have serious issues falling asleep. This problem started early on in high school, and I told my doctor about it at one of my yearly check-ups. I told him that I never wanted to be put on a sleeping pill or anything that is somewhat addictive. I just wanted to be able to fall asleep. He told me about melatonin. Not only is melatonin a hormone made by the pineal gland that helps control your sleep and wake cycles, but it can also be found in pill form as a supplement. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours. For some people, however, the body either may not produce as much melatonin as it should, or it is not in sync with a person's sleep/wake cycle.

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I began to take the pill form of melatonin. My doctor told me that it was non-addictive, and should only be taken at nighttime, before I wanted to go to sleep. As soon as I started taking it, I noticed a difference in my ability to fall asleep. If I took a pill within an hour before I wanted to go to sleep, I would fall asleep as soon as I lay down in bed. I have been taking it ever since. The best part is that if I don't feel like taking it one night, I can still fall asleep relatively easily without it. My body is not addicted to it at all, and I can pick and choose what nights I feel like taking the pill. Melatonin: Is it for you?


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I understand how you feel after reading your post. I had a lot of problems sleeping during high school and college, and then my friend told me about this drink. It's called Marley Tea... It has all natural supplements in it, and the one that makes you tired is called Valerian root extract. I know there's certain properties of chamomile that also make you tired.

Here's the link for the tea. You can buy it at Giant!
http://www.marleysmellowmood.com/beverages.php

I've never really been for taking a sleeping pill but this here seems pretty safe. I have heard of melatonin before being in other medicines like Benadryl and NyQuil. I have even heard of it being in tea. There is even a tea that utilizes melatonin in order to relax you when you are stressed. You can find it at just about any local grocery store in the organic isle. I find this topic pretty interesting. Are there any side effects to taking melatonin regularly besides being tired?

I've never really been for taking a sleeping pill but this here seems pretty safe. I have heard of melatonin before being in other medicines like Benadryl and NyQuil. I have even heard of it being in tea. There is even a tea that utilizes melatonin in order to relax you when you are stressed. You can find it at just about any local grocery store in the organic isle. I find this topic pretty interesting. Are there any side effects to taking melatonin regularly besides being tired?

I have actually had the Marley Mellow Mood tea before. It actually does work to relax you when you can't sleep. It also helps you focus believe it or not. It lowers your stress level. I would actually recommend the tea to anyone before I'd recommend taking a pill...but that's just me. Take a look at this article. There is a booming market for drinks like this. http://www.cnbcmagazine.com/story/chilled-drinks/1368/1/

I've never really been for taking a sleeping pill but this here seems pretty safe. I have heard of melatonin before being in other medicines like Benadryl and NyQuil. I have even heard of it being in tea. There is even a tea that utilizes melatonin in order to relax you when you are stressed. You can find it at just about any local grocery store in the organic isle. I find this topic pretty interesting. Are there any side effects to taking melatonin regularly besides being tired?

I'm glad you wrote a blog about this because I occasionally use melatonin as well. Unfortunately, I have noticed some side-effects with it and that's why I try not to take it a lot. Sometimes when I take the melatonin, I get nightmares that night. I'm not sure if this is just a coincidence or if it actually has something to do with the melatonin. Do you ever have any side-effects from it?

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