How melatonin helps your sleep

Melatonin helps you sleep. Let’s look and how and way it does by first looking at insomnia and why it is important for it to be fixed or the sleep cycle to be reset.

Insomnia means you are have a hard time going to sleep. It also can mean that you have a hard time staying asleep. Most people who suffer from insomnia say that they remember turning and tossing all night or remember being awake at night. Nights when I have insomnia I just can’t seem to turn my mind off and often can’t even close my eyes.

Your family doctor or a sleep specialist can make a diagnose insomnia based on a several factors including age, gender, symptoms, psychological and medical history. There are over 100+ types of sleep disorders with insomnia being only one.

The following habits and conditions are factors in developing a sleep disorder

• Poor sleep environment
• Use of caffeine, alcohol, or certain medications and drugs
• Smoking or chewing tobacco
• Illness
• Obesity
• Anxiety, depression, or other mood disorder
• Stress
• Early or late-night bedtimes
• Traveling
• Daytime napping
• Shift work

There are 5 stages of sleep. Stage 1 is a light sleep when all bodily systems begin slowing down. Stage 2 is where eye movement stops and brain waves start to slow down. Stage 3 is when the brain slows down more and the slowest brain waves begin to appear. In stage 4, the brain waves are almost completely slow waves. Stages 3 and 4 are called deep sleep. Stage 5 is called REM sleep. Breathing becomes rapid, there are rapid eye movements and this is when you dream. Good, restorative sleep is when you go through four or five sleep cycles during a sleeping period.

Melatonin is an aid for helping people fall asleep. It is especially helpful for people who suffer from insomnia caused by jet lag or shift work. Melatonin occurs naturally in the body when serotonin is exposed to decreased light.

Since melatonin is a natural hormone, then it is probably the first over the counter sleep aid that you should try.