Melatonin is a hormone produced in the body and secreted at night. Taken as a dietary supplement, it is designed to help combat insomnia and may be useful for jet-lag. N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, or melatonin, is hormone produced naturally by the body in the pineal gland of the brain. The release of melatonin correlates with the body's cycle of day and night. The highest levels of the hormone are produced at night. Trace amounts of melatonin appears in foods.
Melatonin may play an essential role in sleeping and immune system deficiencies. As light inhibits its production, and darkness stimulates it, melatonin regulates the body's internal clock. Double blind research shows that this hormone helps people sleep, shortens the number of awakenings in the night, and improves the quality of sleep. It is also very useful in treating jet lag, as it promotes quicker recovery from that "out of it" stage one may experience after extended periods of flight. Research has also shown that having enough melatonin exhibits positive psychological benefits on a person's mood, while a lack of melatonin corresponds to anxiety, fatigue, and hostility. Melatonin has also been investigated for its anti-aging potential.
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* % Daily Value is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.
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As a dietary supplement take one tablet 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
May cause excessive drowsiness. Do not exceed recommended dosage or take this product less than 5 hours before driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery. Check with a qualified healthcare professional before using this product if you are under 18 years of age, pregnant or nursing a baby or if you have any known or suspected medical condition(s) and/or are taking any prescription or OTC medication(s).
The product works as stated, recommended if you have issues falling asleep.
Concerns: Not sure if it's valid, but I've noticed that after (30-45min) taking 1 pill, you have literally a 15-20min window to be in a place where you can fall asleep. Any activity/last min fooling around and the drowsy effect fades fast. Also, I'm going to try the more expensive, but more potent NOW 5mg; it's claimed (via ingredients) to be more pure and has less additional "fillers," potentially unnecessary additives etc...