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How Long Does Melatonin Take to Work?

Whether you’re doing a little more research to decide if melatonin is right for you or looking to get started taking a melatonin supplement, you may have a number of questions, including how long melatonin takes to start working so you can fall into a blissful slumber.

Does melatonin help you sleep?

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by your body that helps to control your sleep cycle, including the number of hours you get each night as well as the quality of that sleep.

Everything from your age, to traveling outside of your time zone, stress and shift changes at work can decrease your natural melatonin production, which is why a number of adults turn to sleep supplements to help them fall and even stay asleep.

How much melatonin should I take for sleep?

Depending on your individual needs and sleep issues, the correct melatonin dosage is not the same for everyone.

We recommend starting with a low dosage, around 2 mg. If you’re still having trouble sleeping, you can increase your dosage as needed, keeping in mind that the maximum recommended amount is 10 mg per night. This gradual increase will allow you to see how your body responds to each new dosage so you can choose the option that works best for you.

When should I take melatonin?

For optimal sleep, you don’t want to introduce melatonin into your system too late or even too early in the evening, which could disrupt your normal sleep schedule.

Since melatonin is absorbed into the body quickly, you’ll want to take it about 30 to 90 minutes before your normally scheduled bedtime. However, since supplements affect everyone differently, we recommend experimenting with the time that works best for you and your nightly routine.

TIP: You should time your dosage so you start feeling sleepy around your ideal bedtime.

How long before melatonin starts working? 

Depending on how quickly your body absorbs melatonin, you may start feeling sleepy as early as 30 minutes after it enters your body. Depending on the person, however, it can also take up to 90 minutes to start feeling the effects of melatonin.

As you begin to learn your body’s new rhythm and discover the length of time it takes for the melatonin to kick in, you can adjust the time you take your melatonin supplement each night accordingly.

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