Ever find that you have a hard time falling asleep, or sleep only fitfully, waking every few hours? Sleep doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are ways to help fall asleep and stay asleep, but different techniques work for different people.
What are some of the ways you find work best for you when it comes to getting to sleep? Is it settling down with a good read? Taking some deep breaths and reflecting on the day’s accomplishments? A nice warm bath? Keep these in mind to help you get on the path to some good, restful sleep. Some other tips for better sleep suggested by the FDA Office of Women’s Health are:
- Going to sleep in a dark, quiet room and at the same time each night. Also, waking at the same time each day
- Avoiding caffeine and nicotine prior to bedtime; conversely, consuming alcohol before bedtime may also interrupt sleep
- Avoid eating large meals and exercising close to bedtime
Are There Any Dietary Supplements That Will Help Support Good Sleep?
A dietary supplement, like melatonin, may also help you fall asleep.† Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body, which helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle.†
How Does Melatonin Work?
Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland, a pea-sized organ deep within the brain. Although humans produce melatonin throughout their lives, production rates are highest in childhood and decline with age. One of the main functions of melatonin is to help the body regulate sleep cycles.† Melatonin does this by setting the internal body clock, creating what are known as circadian rhythms—the body rhythms which regulate everything from sleep to digestion. Darkness assists in the production of melatonin; however, aging, diet, stress or other factors may interfere with melatonin production. Therefore, some individuals who have occasional trouble sleeping may benefit from a melatonin supplement to help support sleep.†
Nature Made provides a line of melatonin products to help you fall asleep naturally.†**
Our Nature Made Good Sleep† Gummies and Nature Made 3 mg Melatonin with 200 mg L-theanine products are formulated with L-theanine, along with melatonin, to support sleep and help relax the mind. † L-theanine is an amino acid naturally found in green tea that has been clinically shown to increase the alpha wave activity in the brain to help relax the mind. †
It is important to talk to your doctor or your preferred health care provider before starting a melatonin supplement to be sure it is right for you.
Who Should Not Take Melatonin?
There are some people who should use caution while taking melatonin. Because melatonin is a hormone, pregnant or nursing women are not advised to use melatonin. Women who are trying to conceive and /or individuals taking any medications or have chronic disease, including hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, or an endocrine, autoimmune, depressive, bleeding or seizure disorders should consult with their health care provider before use.
Melatonin should not be used when you need to be in an alert state of mind. Any other sedative supplements or medications should not be used in conjunction with melatonin. If these circumstances apply to you or you are experiencing persistent sleep difficulties, please consult your health care provider before use.