Just because this product is natural does not mean it should be
used indiscriminately. In parts of Europe melatonin is a controlled
substance that cannot be obtained without a prescription. It does
work, it is a hormonal drug, and it is powerful. Melatonin has been
used for short term treatment of trouble sleeping (insomnia) due to
sleep cycle disorders and time changes ("jet lag"). This product may
help you fall asleep faster and decrease the number of times you
awaken during the night. It may also help you sleep for a longer time.
It will help you relax.
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in
mammals, which chemically interacts with your brain to help induce
sleep. Melatonin levels with most people elevate when their eyes are
exposed to darkness, increasing as their length of time in darkness
increases. Some people, such as those diagnosed with ADD, or
depression, or a SSRI selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor , may
have impaired uptake of melatonin, or their brains are not as
efficient at using it, so a boost can be useful, especially in today's
world where people keep lights on until 11pm.
Some people take Dramamine, and Tylenol PM, and generic sleep pills
in the past to go to sleep where other folks were being noisy even
with ear plugs in. The problem with those is they loose effectiveness
overtime, and you can form a dependence on them. Since Dramamine is an
antihistamine it dries out your sinus cavity, also it is not a very
natural sleep, it knocks you out when you first use it, but like all
antihistamines your body gets used to it over time and it looses its
effect. Tylenol PM and sleep pills both knock you out in an unnatural
sleep where when you wake up you are still dragging hours later until
you get some coffee in you. And then there is dependence that can
With Melatonin, you go to sleep in about thirty minutes after
taking it, you might wake up a couple times through the night, but you
will still be easily able to go back to sleep. And when you wake up,
this is the best part, you really, really feel like you have a dang
good sleep. If you are fully rested, melatonin will not keep you
knocked out in a chemical stupor. You wake up like you never took
anything. So if you are expecting this to force you to sleep in the
middle of the day, it probably wont work. Also if you expose your eyes
to light, you reduce your levels of melatonin, it would be like taking
sleeping pills while drinking coffee.
Melatonin can put you to sleep fast, it is a drug, and it does
work, and there is tons of medical research to back it up. It is after
all what your own brain already uses to facilitate sleep. It is
non-habit forming, and does not loose effectiveness overtime. So
basically it's the best thing to put yourself to sleep since it is
what our bodies naturally evolved to use for that exact purpose. It
has the added benefit of being a potent antioxidant. Melatonin can
cross the brain barrier to act on free radicals in your brain.
Melatonin is a direct scavenger of OH, O2', and NO, which are
basically oxidizers that can cause cellular damage and mutations. In
some studies on mice melatonin increased their lives twenty percent
and mice are not susceptible to the placebo effect.
You need to research the brands sold at department stores. People
have seen products at stores in the vitamin section that have
bull-adrenaline and radioactive metals in them, seriously. With
natural products you need to be careful about what brand you buy,
because they are not regulated by the FDA. Since they fall in the
natural food category, the FDA doesn't feel it needs to do any
research, since there is no profit for drug companies on the line.
Consumers bought many natural-brand products in the past. They are
all all-natural, they are all potent without any fillers, they all
work, and they are all priced very fairly for the quality. NOW and
other brands that are sold in natural health food stores all over
North America, including Wild Oats, Sprouts, Nutters, and other
well-known chains. And when getting a hormone based drug like
Melatonin, for the difference of a couple bucks, You would not mess
around. Melatonin, Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Vegetable
Polysaccharide (capsule) and Magnesium Stearate vegetable source .
Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg,
shellfish or preservatives.
Melatonin sleep aids for better rest