Many who want to fall asleep quicker and wake up feeling more rested reach first for melatonin. Supplementing with it has a time and place, but it may not be on your night stand.
Did you know that melatonin is actually a hormone produced by the pineal gland?
It's important to know that melatonin is a sleep regulator, not a sleep initiator. Why is this important? Because most people who take melatonin want to fall asleep quicker and wake up feeling more refreshed; however, it's not designed for either of these.
AlthoughMelatonin can help some, in particular those with jet lag or work night shifts and need sleep during the day.
Taking melatonin can often result in unwanted side effects including next-day drowsiness and brain fog that some compare to a hangover from Benadryl or Unisom (both antihistamines & anticholinergics).
No melatonin? No problem.
We know many want a natural sleep supplement made with quality ingredients, but don't want to the classic side effects of feeling tired, mentally-drained, etc.
According to this WebMD article, melatonin can cause next-day drowsiness and, less-frequently, depression:
Read this blogger's interesting experience with using melatonin for one week:
This article published by Michael J. Breus, PhD (The Sleep Doctor) explains why not to take melatonin:
A HuffPost article mentioning the downsides of melatonin supplementation:
A blog article on SleepSherpa.com:
What Amazon customers are saying about melatonin-containing supplements:
Countless Reddit users are searching for an alternative:
What's your experience with taking sleep supplements and melatonin? Please share your experience in the comments section below!