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Melatonin

Bottom line up front:

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps with circadian rhythm and sleep cycle.

 

What is it?

Per the NIH, melatonin is a hormone that your brain produces in response to darkness. It helps with the timing of your circadian rhythms (24-hour internal clock) and with sleep. Being exposed to light at night can block melatonin production.

 

What does that mean?

It helps your sleep/wake cycles

(It helps you sleep)

 

Why might you take it?

Trouble sleeping

 

How much can I take?

0.5mg – 10mg

 

What happens if I don’t get enough?

Probably nothing

 

What happens if I take in too much?

Nausea

Headaches

Dizziness

Nightmares

Anxiety

Joint pains

What can I eat?

Eggs

Fish

Nuts

Mushrooms

Final take:

Melatonin naturally occurs in the body. You can take supplements to help support this. You can find it naturally in foods too!

Lazy Dog

Lazy Dog

Woman Sleeping

Woman Sleeping

Sleeping Kitten

Sleeping Kitten