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Melatonin

Melatonin is one of the most widely used sleep aids in existence and is hailed for being proven as natural, safe, and non-addictive.

What it does

Melatonin has an extreme amount of human study proving its efficacy. Numerous human studies have shown it to be extremely effective at reducing the symptoms of insomnia[1][2][3] and relieving the symptoms of jet lag[4].

How it works

Melatonin is a naturally produced neurohormone made by the pineal gland in the brain. It occurs in the body to help cause and regulate sleep patterns.

Melatonin is most commonly depressed by excessive light exposure, leading many people in today’s electronic and computer screen filled world to suffer from insufficient melatonin synthesis. Supplementing with melatonin helps counteract this deficiency by providing the body with high enough levels to properly regulate sleep and normalize sleep patterns.

Dosing

Most studies utilize a dose of 500mcg to 3mg to help normalize sleep patterns. The highest suggested dose for melatonin is 5mg, with most studies showing little reasoning of exceeding the 3mg mark.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21340475
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18036082
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19584739
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12076414