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What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. It regulates sleep and wakefulness. The body normally produces more melatonin at night, the level going up as the sun sets and goes down when the sun is up. Melatonin supplement, in synthetic form, is available as pills, chewable, or liquid.
How does Melatonin work?
The main function of melatonin is the regulation of night and day cycles. The onset of darkness makes the body produce more melatonin, a signal for the body to get ready to sleep. Light decreases the production of melatonin, a signal for the body to get ready to wake up. Low levels of melatonin in individuals result in difficulty to fall asleep. Giving them melatonin supplement helps in making them fall asleep.
What are the benefits of taking Melatonin?
People use melatonin when they have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. It is also taken for other sleep problems. Melatonin helps people who suffer from delayed sleep phase disorder. It also benefits people whose jobs disrupt their normal sleep schedules, a condition known as sleep work disorder.
How do I use Melatonin?
Before taking melatonin, it is important to know that it has a very short half-life. Melatonin stays in your system for only about 20 minutes. There are many melatonin supplements on the market today so it is important to find a high-quality melatonin supplement.
When using a melatonin supplement for the first time, find the lowest dose available. Make sure to not cut the pill because it is coated for slow release. Cutting the pill will ruin the long-term potency.
Take a time-released melatonin pill one to three hours prior to your usual sleep time. Time-released melatonin lasts for 3 to 4 hours so if you cannot go to sleep within that time frame, you will need to take another pill.
For awakenings at night that lasts less than one hour, take a sublingual melatonin. It is a pill that dissolves under the tongue. The melatonin is immediately released into the bloodstream and is not metabolized by the digestive system.
For night awakenings that last for more than an hour, take a time-released tablet and a sublingual melatonin. Take the time-released tablet first then take the sublingual pill after.
People who have trouble falling asleep should take 0.35 mg to 5 mg of melatonin for up to 9 months.
Individuals with disrupted sleep and wake cycle should take 2 mg to 12 mg of melatonin for up to 4 weeks.
Individuals with extended difficulty sleeping should take 2 mg to 12 mg of melatonin for up to 29 weeks.
As blood pressure support, melatonin should be taken 2 mg to 3 mg of controlled release tablets for up to 4 weeks.
As a relief for jet lag, melatonin should be taken 0.5 mg to 8 mg on the night of arrival, to continue until the jet lag eases.
Side effects and precautions
Melatonin is generally safe to use short term. Unlike other sleep medications, melatonin does not make you dependent on it. The response to melatonin does not diminish with repeated use. It does not produce any hangover effect.
The most common side effects of melatonin include:
Other side effects, which are less common, include mild tremor, a short-lasting feeling of depression, mild anxiety, irritability, abdominal cramps, reduced alertness, hypotension, and confusion or disorientation.
The use of melatonin supplements may interact with various medications, such as:
- Contraceptive drugs
- Diabetes medications
It is important to check first with your doctor before you start using a melatonin supplement, especially if you suffer from any health condition.
How do I buy Melatonin online?
You can safely buy melatonin supplements online at UK Meds. You will need to have first an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that melatonin is the right medication for your medical condition.