Melatonin 101 – What is Melatonin?

What is melatonin?

  • Melatonin is a natural hormone that our bodies produce in response to our sleep cycle. It is synthesized from serotonin and aids our circadian rhythm to maintain a proper 24-hour clock sleep-wake cycle. 

How does it work?

  • Melatonin is built to respond to darkness. When the sun begins to set, the darkness activates melatonin to signal our bodies to feel tired and fall asleep. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland within our brains. When darkness begins to occur, it is released into the bloodstream. When night begins to fade into day, the light from our environment signals the production of melatonin to rest. 

What are the benefits of taking melatonin? 

  • Melatonin has been produced as a dietary supplement to aid individuals who have trouble preserving a proper sleep schedule. This includes individuals with inconsistent sleep-wake cycles, jet lag, insomnia, and irregular work hours. Even though the body naturally produces melatonin, some individuals experience low levels of melatonin. Low doses of melatonin supplements can these individuals sustain healthy sleep habits. (Sack et al., 2009)

What suppresses natural melatonin levels?

  • Research has shown that blue light emissions inhibit the production of melatonin. This includes screens from commonly used electronics such as televisions, cell phones, and laptops. Exposure to this artificial light, especially at nighttime, will disrupt the sleep-wake cycle and make it harder to support healthy sleep habits. Even lighting within homes can affect natural melatonin levels. So, finish that work deadline or keep binge-watching your favorite show and get in bed with Sleepy Bear edible gummies! 

What is a common misconception of melatonin?

  • Melatonin is often mistakenly associated with over the counter sleeping medications. Traditional sleeping aids override your body’s natural sleep cycle and forces your body into sleep. On the other hand, melatonin helps naturally signal your brain to regulate your sleep cycle. Melatonin makes it easier for you to fall asleep while working with your body’s natural chemicals. Melatonin is also non-addictive, unlike most sleeping medications. 

How much melatonin is found in Sleepy Bear Gummies? 

  • Our edible gummies have a low dose of 2 milligrams of melatonin. This low dose supports proper sleep support while avoiding side effects such as daytime drowsiness.

Why do we include melatonin in our edible gummies?

  • We have crafted our trademark Sleep5/3/2 blend of CBD, CBN, and melatonin. This perfect blend enables our company to produce the best CBD gummies on the market! CBD and melatonin work in a harmonious manner to achieve the most desired results! While CBD assists the endocannabinoid system in physiological functions, melatonin signals the brain to prepare the body for sleep.

Will your body stop producing melatonin if you take it?

  • Research has shown that melatonin will need to be consumed in large doses and for prolonged periods of time to reduce natural production within the body. Sleepy Bear gummies hold the perfect amount of melatonin to avoid this precaution, making them the perfect nightly treat! 

How long will it take to feel the effect of melatonin?

  • When consumed orally the effects of melatonin will typically take about 30 to 60 minutes. Sleep Bear recommends starting off with one serving, or one gummy! If more sleep support is needed, we recommend taking two or three servings each night for a hibernation worthy sleep! 

Is melatonin safe to take every night? 

  • Melatonin is not only safe to take every night, but highly recommended for individuals who have trouble retaining a proper sleep cycle (Anderson et al., 2015). A daily low dosage of melatonin, such as the 2-milligram dosage in each of our bears, will get your circadian rhythm back on track (Sack et al., 2009). This will not only allow night owls to fall asleep at a proper time, but also keep their bodies asleep throughout the night for a full eight hours. 

References

Anderson, L. P., Gögenur, I., Rosenberg, J., & Reiter, R. J. (2015, December 21). The Safety of Melatonin in Humans. Retrieved September 15, 2020, from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40261-015-0368-5

Sack, R. L., Lewy, A. J., & Hughes, R. J. (2009, July 08). Use of melatonin for sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. Retrieved September 15, 2020, from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07853899808999393