6 Things You Need to Know about Melatonin

Sleep, wonderful sleep: reset your body’s « clock » with Melatonin

MelatoninCan you naturally improve the quality of your sleep?

Yes, there are many things you can do and nutrients that can help improve your quality and quantity of sleep. The pineal gland near the centre of the brain produces a hormone called melatonin, at night when it becomes dark, to regulate the sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythms). When melatonin levels in the blood rise, you begin to feel less alert and you feel like sleeping. Melatonin levels stay elevated for about 12 hours, while you sleep and drop down to minimal levels during the daytime. When sleep patterns are disturbed by traveling, shift work or other factors, you may find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Supplemental melatonin helps regulate circadian rhythms and improve sleep quality, especially when the problem is related to certain sleep disturbances and jet lag. Using melatonin in sublingual tablet (that dissolves under the tongue) allows it to be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.

Why supplement with Holista melatonin?

Our bodies’ natural melatonin production decreases with age, and this can contribute to age-related sleep difficulties. Studies suggest that melatonin supplements hasten sleep and ease jet lag, without the potential dependency issues or side effects of prescription or over-the-counter “sleeping pills”. Holista offers a variety of potency and strengths to help you choose the right product for your needs.

Does melatonin make you feel drowsy in the morning?

Not for most people. You should normally wake up well refreshed and full of energy. If you wake up feeling a little tired, you should reduce your dosage.

When should I take it?

Because Holista melatonin is in a sublingual tablet, it is quickly absorbed under the tongue. Take it about half an hour to an hour before bedtime.

Should certain people avoid it?

Consult a physician prior to use if taking other drugs such as anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, blood pressure medications, immunosuppressive medications, or sedative, hypnotic or psychotropic medications. If you have an autoimmune disorder, liver or chronic kidney disease, asthma, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes or hypoglycaemia, hormonal disorder, migraines, or seizure disorders, you should consult your physician. For use beyond 4 weeks, or if symptoms persist for more than 4 weeks (chronic insomnia), consult your physician.

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