You know that sleepy feeling you get when it is getting close to your bedtime? Your eyes start to feel heavy, you’re yawning every few minutes and you just feel worn out overall? Well, you can thank melatonin for that.
The melatonin your body naturally produces plays an important role in the quality and quantity of sleep you attain each night. However, some people experience occasional sleeplessness due to a host of factors which impact the body’s natural production of its sleep-inducing hormone. Fortunately, with some adjustments to your routine, and the addition of a continuous release and absorption melatonin supplement, you can optimize your mind and body so you’re ready for sleep.
Melatonin – A Natural Hormone
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Secreted by the pineal gland in your brain, melatonin’s main role is regulating your sleep and wake cycles each day and night. Your body’s circadian rhythm, known colloquially as your internal clock, tells your brain when and how much melatonin your body should produce. When it starts getting dark out, your body takes that as a cue to start preparing for sleep – increasing your melatonin levels and bringing on that feeling of sleepiness. When your body begins to sense light in the morning when the sun starts to rise, it knows to decrease melatonin production so you can start waking up.
However, there are a number of natural and environmental aspects that could be affecting just how much melatonin you’re producing, which in turn can make for a tough night of sleep.
Factors That Decrease Natural Melatonin Production
Age – You can’t stop time, unfortunately, so this is a factor everyone will deal with1. For a lot of people, shifts in sleep patterns are a normal part of the aging process. According to a publication by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, your melatonin levels will gradually decline over your life span. This results in poor sleep quality because you don’t have the melatonin you need to fall asleep and stay asleep as you get older.
Travel – Traveling to a different time zone can impact your circadian rhythm, making it more difficult to adjust to local time and get good-quality sleep. The National Sleep Foundation2 points out how this disruption can lead to your body telling you that it is time for bed when it is actually the middle of the day.
Night Shift – When your work shift falls outside of the traditional 9 am – 5 pm time frame or is overnight, you may have trouble getting the sleep you need. When you’re unable to get adequate sleep, your health may be put at risk or you may be more likely to suffer a workplace injury.
Stress – After a stressful day, it can be difficult to unwind and fall into restorative sleep. When you don’t attain sufficient sleep, your body, in turn, will boost your stress hormones – resulting in a never-ending cycle that leaves you exhausted.
Support Your Sleep with Supplements
With so many elements that can disrupt your quality and quantity of sleep each night, it is important to establish and maintain regular sleep patterns, but that can sometimes be easier said than done. The good news is you can get support from a high-quality continuous release and absorption melatonin supplement like REMfresh®. The patented Ion-Pump Powered™ technology in REMfresh®® was developed to supplement your melatonin levels before bed to help you fall asleep, and to continuously release and absorb melatonin throughout the night to help you stay asleep.*
Your Melatonin Dosage
While a melatonin supplement can help regulate your irregular sleeping patterns, it is imperative that you take the right amount to address your individual needs. We offer REMfresh® in 2 mg, 5 mg and 0.5 mg strengths, so you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the proper amount of melatonin. We recommend starting with our lower dosage and increasing to the 5 mg tablets if you are not getting the results you were after. Decrease your dosage from 5 mg to 2 mg if you feel 5 mg is too much for your needs. If you do not require as much melatonin or have sensitivities, our low-dose 0.5 mg formulation is frequently recommended by doctors for patients 6 years and older. Consult with your child's doctor before starting him/her/them on a melatonin supplement.
When you struggle to overcome your occasional sleeplessness, it is hard to function at your prime. Lack of sleep can increase your risk for many other health related issues3 4. REMfresh® provides the melatonin your body needs to help fall asleep, stay asleep throughout the night and wake up feeling refreshed.* When you need a little extra help getting the rest you need, REMfresh® melatonin could be the sleep solution you’ve been dreaming of!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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2 Travel & Sleep: Potential Sleep Diruptions & Tips | Sleep Foundation
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