Using Melatonin for Insomnia Relief
Many individuals are starting to use melatonin for insomnia, as a means of helping them get a better night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed each morning.
When you're not sleeping well, this is going to impact a number of factors in your life, so it really is something you must pay attention to immediately and start taking action to remedy the situation.
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A note about Using Melatonin for Insomnia Relief
In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
With a lack of sleep, your concentration levels will be lower, you will find you don't have the energy to get through regular workouts, and you'll also often notice that you're feeling hungrier than normal. This is due to your body sensing a short energy supply due to physical fatigue, rather than hunger.
One of the best things about melatonin for insomnia relief is that it's a natural treatment, so there is a reduced chance that you will become hooked on it and be unable to fall asleep without it in the future.
Here are some of the important things to keep in mind with regard to using melatonin for insomnia relief.
What Melatonin Is
Melatonin is one of the chemicals that is produced by the body naturally, and varies in terms of its total concentration in the body depending upon the time of the day. This is one of the primary reasons why shift workers tend to struggle feeling refreshed after their sleep period, as their natural circadian rhythm, which is governed by melatonin, is not running normally.
Light also has a significant role in melatonin production and the circadian rhythm, so that also explains why humans naturally tend to wake up when the sun comes up and feel more sleepy when it gets dark outside.
Using Melatonin For Insomnia
The one issue that does tend to come up with melatonin use is that it has a shorter half-life in the body, meaning that it will break down quite quickly, so initial effects do tend to wear off.
It is still worth a try, however, as many people will find that they do sleep better after taking a dose. The typical dose of melatonin for insomnia relief purposes is to start with 0.3 mg and then work your way up from there. Some individuals tend to think 'more is better', but this is not necessarily the case with melatonin.
Some studies have found that too high of a dose is not as effective as a lower dose was, so really do increase your dosage carefully. Use the suggested dosages which come with the product you purchase, pay very close attention to how it's influencing you, so you can get a better feel for the right dose for you.
Other Things To Keep In Mind
Finally, as you get started using melatonin for insomnia relief, it's important to also keep in mind that you should never be using it as a complete replacement for a good night's sleep. Don't think that you can take melatonin and get away with sleeping five hours.
It is true that the more high quality sleep you get, the less you tend to need, but there are limits with this. If you aren't getting enough sleep period, it's not going to make that much of a difference how high of quality it is - sleep is sleep and the body does require rest.
Also be sure you're practicing otherwise healthy sleep habits, such as turning off the TV an hour or two before bed, avoiding exercise too close to when you want to sleep, and reducing your intake of large meals prior to sleep.
Having read about using melatonin for insomnia relief, you may wish to also find out more about other natural insomnia remedies and treatments. You may do so by reading the related insomnia pages and articles.
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