Since having kids, I've become a very light sleeper. They say it's common with parents, that even the deepest sleeper can sleep so lightly, even when your child turns over in bed, you'll hear it and wake up!
A few years ago, my doctor suggested I try Melatonin to help with my fear of flying. It's a common supplement for flying and jet lag as it can help relax you. Whilst it didn't work as effectively with flying as my beloved scotch did, I started taking Melatonin before bed to help relax me.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is often taken to help with sleep. As I don't recall having a "good nights sleep" in years, I thought I'd try it for that. It is believed to be safe and effective with fewer side effects than commonly prescribed sleeping pills.
I researched and decided to try Clear Melatonin x6 and found it had zero side effects for me, such as fogginess the next day. And I now enjoy a great 7 - 8 hours effective sleep every night, and wake feeling well rested and calm.
So what is Melatonin exactly? Melatonin plays a critical role in regulating our biological clock, or circadian rhythm. It is normally produced in a part of the brain called the pineal gland and is released during the period of darkness from sundown to sunrise. When taken as a supplement, it reaches a maximum concentration in your blood after 30 minutes.
Most people should take melatonin in the evening before going to bed, about 30 minutes before bedtime. Taking it at this time will help with falling asleep easily.
If you're a night owl, you may want to take melatonin several hours before the desired bedtime. For example, if you naturally fall asleep at 1am, but you desire to go to bed at 11pm, you may consider taking it at as early as 8pm.
Melatonin has found to be safe, not habit-forming, and you will not become addicted or dependent upon it. Although, as with everything in life, it's a good idea to check it out with your GP or integrative health practitioner to make sure it's an effective choice for you.
If you take Melatonin, I'd love to know about your experience x