This dietary supplement is useful for travelers and people suffering from mild sleep disorders. Studies suggest that melatonin supplements can hasten sleep and ease jet lag without the side effects of prescription pills.
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced in the pineal gland at the base of the brain. It plays a key role in the regulation of sleep and is believed to be important in maintaining the bodys normal circadian rhythm. Melatonin has been used for two primary reasons: sleep-related problems and jet lag.
A 1995 Gallup Poll revealed that approximately one-half of all Americans suffer occasional or chronic sleep problems. Melatonin became popular as a sleep aid in the 1990s. This usage has been supported repeatedly by scientific studies. As a sleep aid it appears most effective in those suffering mild and occasional insomnia or trouble falling asleep.
The second most common usage for melatonin is as a counteragent for jet lag. In one study, passengers taking melatonin before, during or after an eastward flight found relief for jet lag although the effect was less pronounced for those flying westward. A review of nine clinical trials in 2002 revealed that taking 5 mg of melatonin between 10 p.m. and midnight at the destination helped travelers fall asleep faster and sleep better.
One lesser-known effect of Melatonin is its role in controlling the timing and release of female reproductive hormones. Melatonin helps determine when menstruation begins, the frequency and duration of menstrual cycles and when menstruation ends (menopause).
Label Information and Ingredients:
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take one (1) tablet twenty (20) minutes before bedtime or, as directed by a health care professional. Do not exceed one (1) tablet per twenty-four (24) hours. Store in a cool, dry place and away from direct light. Suitable for vegetarians.
Serving Size: 1 Tablets
Ingredients Per Serving % DV
Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine HCL ) 10 mg 500%
Melatonin 3 mg *
* Daily Value Not Established