Easter & Melatonin

If you find yourself nodding off after the Easter egg hunt, just blame it on the tryptophan in all that chocolate!

Monthly Q&A

This month's Q&A is "What are the different types of melatonin?"

I like to remind everyone that the most important type of melatonin is the type that we naturally produce in our bodies. This is known as endogenous melatonin.

Then there's melatonin that we can purchase and use as a supplement, and which there are a few different types:

Short-acting melatonin peaks within 30 to 60 minutes and subsides over six hours. It’s best for shifting the timing of the circadian rhythm.

Long-acting melatonin has a sustained release and can linger longer than you might want, potentially messing with your normal melatonin balance, daytime alertness and unwanted circadian shifts. That's why it should be prescribed by a GP and its use is limited to +55 year old's who have trouble staying asleep through the night... after they've already tried dialing up their sleep hygiene.

Homeopathic melatonin is a very low dose with questionable impact on sleep.

Disclaimer: The information provided by The Women Who Love Sleep is for educational and informational purposes only and is NOT intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health care provider.

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