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Melatonin: The Secret to Better Sleep

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If you're anything like us, you know that exhaustion and fatigue aren't fun. Not getting enough rest wreaks havoc on your focus, memory and mood — and that's just in the short term. Long-term problems associated with not getting enough sleep include everything from depression to high blood pressure.

But there's good news. There are ways to promote quality sleep, and melatonin could very well be your own secret weapon in your battle against exhaustion.

In a 2005 study, MIT scientists confirmed the benefits of melatonin as a natural sleep-inducing hormone. Since then, the brain drug has found its way into the Silicon Valley “brain hack” culture among young professionals and entrepreneurs trying to find “smarter” ways to improve their focus through a fusion of natural practices and high-tech medicine. Publications like Time Magazine (“How Silicon Valley Is Trying to Hack Its Way Into a Longer Life”) and Coveteur (“Silicon Valley’s Secret to More Energy & Better Focus”) attest to this phenomenon, while Newsweek quotes several professionals who praise the “Melatonin Miracle”.

But sleep medicine has come even further in the past decade, with new pills emerging that will not only put you to sleep faster, but also help you wake up refreshed and energized. So is melatonin really a miracle drug? Maybe. Let's explore it a little further.


Is Melatonin Safe? 

Your body naturally produces melatonin right in your brain's pineal gland. This snooze-worthy hormone is key to controlling your body's internal clock and your sleep-wake cycle. Levels naturally start rising after the sun sets and drop off once the sun rises. These characteristics are the reason melatonin supplements are one way to help you sleep.

Insomniacs, travelers suffering from jet lag, people working odd shifts (shout out to the night shift workers) and ordinary people who just have trouble sleeping can safely take doses between 1 and 10 milligrams of this natural sleep aid, ideally 30 to 60 minutes before heading to bed. However, melatonin can interact with some medications, so it's smart to check with your doctor according to the National Sleep Foundation.


What Are Melatonin's Benefits?

Here's the thing. We're believers in the power of melatonin to give you the superpower of sleep — so much so that we used it as a key ingredient in our Sleep Complex. Along with other soothing ingredients like the herb valerian and the natural antioxidant L-theanine, it calms, soothes and relaxes you to disrupt your sleeplessness and let you catch some quality zzz's. Melatonin's benefits include:  

  •     Restoring the natural sleep-wake cycle in blind people
  •     Reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep
  •     Improving sleep time and quality for those with insomnia


How Much Melatonin Is Too Much?

If you're like other melatonin newbies, you're probably wondering, "How much melatonin can I take?" The right amount for you is kind of subjective. When it's taken alone, some people do great with just 1 milligram. Others need a 10-milligram dosage. If you take a dose that's a little too high, you could experience some negative symptoms. When you use melatonin as part of a soothing blend, you are likely to find a dose of around 3 milligrams to be effective and efficient. And when you're using the right amount, you won't wake up feeling tired. That would be counterproductive, wouldn't it? That's why Orb's Sleep Complex uses a unique combination of soothing ingredients to help you relax and get some sweet sleep while relying on vitamin B12 to help support your energy levels when you wake up.