Melatonin Sleep Aid/Supplement
Q: What is melatonin?
A: Melatonin is the body’s own sleep hormone. It plays an important role in sleep regulation.
Q: Why do people take melatonin?
A: Studies have show that melatonin may help some people fall sleep faster.† A European study of a prolonged release melatonin demonstrated both improvement in sleep quality and morning alertness.† An additional study showed increased sleep time.†
Q: Why is a continuous release and absorption melatonin needed?
A: The half-life of conventional melatonin is less than 60 minutes so sleep maintenance becomes a challenge. The patented IPP delivery system in REMfresh® moves its half-life beyond 3 hours.
Q: How much sleep does someone need anyway?
A: The number of hours of sleep needed to feel refreshed can vary from person to person. It’s important to keep in mind that the quality of sleep can be just as important as the quantity. However a National Institute of Health (NIH) study indicated that 7 hours was the ideal amount of time of sleep for most people.
Q: My body already produces melatonin. Why do I need more?
A: Studies show that the amount of melatonin produced by the body decreases with age. Supplementing the body’s supply of melatonin can help some people experiencing occasional sleeplessness sleep better.†
Q: At what age does melatonin production start decreasing in adults?
A: The body produces its peak adult melatonin levels in the teenage years. Then, like most hormones, melatonin levels begin to decline in production around age 30. There is a significant decrease in melatonin levels after the age of 40, which accelerates as you approach 60.
Q: Is taking a melatonin sleep aid safe?
A: Melatonin, being the body’s own sleep ingredient, has a well-established profile of use. Like with every new product you may take, you should consult with your physician.
Q: Does melatonin have any side effects?
A: No serious side effects have been reported in association with taking melatonin. Non-serious side effects are uncommon. Always consult with your physician before starting any new supplement or medication. Individual results may vary.
Q: Will a melatonin sleep aid interact with other medications?
A: As with almost all supplements, no comprehensive drug interaction studies have been done with melatonin. Please consult with your physician.