Melatonin has gotten a lot of press lately and for good reason! It is associated with controlling the sleep-wake cycle and can be beneficial in treating insomnia short term. Key word is short term!! If you have been taking melatonin long term, then we need to dig deeper! (Happy to help with this!)
Melatonin is a great way to get back to normal after jet lag or a period where you have disrupted sleep.
The precursor (as in you need it in order to make melatonin) is 5-HTP. A compound that boost serotonin levels. The serotonin then produces melatonin.
Being exposed to bright light at night negatively affects your melatonin production. Stress is another big factor in the inhibition of production.
Never fear! I wouldn't tell you this without some helpful tips!
Tip 1: Limit exposure to bright light at night. Blue blocking glasses are amazing! Turning off the TV and instead read a paper book by a dim light.
Tip 2: These 6 foods are great for production: tart cherries, goji berries, eggs, milk, fish and nuts!
Tip 3: The right supplement is key. Reach out to me if you need help adding supplements to your routine.
Have you taken melatonin? Did you notice a difference?