The Basics: Melatonin

If you’re new to natural health and supplementation, many of the terms you hear often will be totally foreign. One of our primary goals here is to help you to be educated and informed. We believe educated people make better patients with better outcomes. It’s only a matter of time until everyone comes into contact with the medical world. Let us help you get your bearings before you reach that point!

“I can’t sleep! Is there anything that can be done?”  It’s one of the most common questions we get. Many Americans are so desperate they’re being prescribed pharmaceutical sleep aids, but what are the options when it comes to getting help with sleep from a natural perspective? What are the benefits of more natural sleep? Does it even matter if you sleep less?

Healthy, natural sleep is absolutely essential to living well. Sleep is when your body goes into repair mode. It takes AT LEAST six hours a night for your brain to be able to detoxify and clean itself. Without that time, you will quickly find yourself moody and irritable. Worse yet, your decision making is inhibited to greater and greater degrees the longer you deprive your body of the sleep it needs. The only way to restore all of this is to sleep and sleep well.

Melatonin is a hormone made in the pineal gland that causes drowsiness and encourages deeper levels of sleep. Blue light (daytime sunlight) suppresses it’s secretion. When the sun goes down, the gland begins secretion encouraging you to go to sleep.

Side note: the blue light from cell phones and TV’s is why using them just before bed can really mess with your sleep patterns!

If you’re not sleeping well or having trouble falling asleep, there are several things you can do to help fix that.

  1. Exercise!
  2. Stop eating 3-4 hours before bed.
  3. Don’t drink anything with caffeine after about noon.
  4. Take a natural sleep aid like our SLEEP ESSENTIALS!

In addition to melatonin, the other natural agents found in Essential Sleep have calming and detoxifying effects and activators that help facilitate the sleep process. Glycine, L Taurine (GABA), L-5HTP and Melatonin are all part of Essential Sleep and help to help your mind find the calm necessary to go to sleep and stay asleep. These nutrients help to balance levels of neurotransmitters by providing co- factors that assist in the body’s ability to manufacture these key chemical messengers.

Sleep is such a fundamental part of health that it seems self-evident. Unfortunately, many of us (me included) quickly sacrifice sleep to get just a little more work done. Those sacrifices add up fast. If you’re having trouble losing weight, feeling cranky, healing from injuries or any of a dozen other common problems, sleep is the first place to start. SLEEP ESSENTIALS can help you take that step.

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