Your Melatonin Questions Answered

Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally by the pineal gland located in the brain. This gland assists in controlling sleeping patterns. As the evening approaches and the sun sets, your body naturally begins producing more melatonin in effort to signal to your body that sleep time is approaching. You know that time when you can’t stop uncontrollably yawning. Alternatively, when it is light out, your body produces minimal melatonin.

Although naturally occurring, melatonin can also be purchased as an over the counter supplement. Melatonin can be infused into various forms of consumables, including tablets, capsules, syrups and a fan favorite, gummiesResearch has shown that these supplements can assist in treating many different types of sleep problems.

How much melatonin can an adult take?

The recommended dose for adults taking melatonin for sleep related issues ranges from 0.5 mg to 5 mg. 

Is melatonin safe?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, melatonin is generally safe for short-term use.

Are melatonin gummies safe?

Just like melatonin in tablet form, melatonin gummies are generally considered safe.

Are melatonin gummies addictive?

Unlike many prescriptions and over the counter sleep medications, with melatonin you are unlikely to become dependent.

How do melatonin gummies work?

Melatonin gummies work by providing your body with additional melatonin. Your body produces melatonin in the evening to signal that sleep time is approaching, by taking melatonin, this signal is amplified and provided a little boost.

How quickly does melatonin work?

Melatonin's effects are felt pretty quickly. Therefore, it is more likely to assist when taken a half-hour before bedtime. 

Can I take melatonin twice in one night?

This would depend on the size of the dose one is taking. The recommended dose for adults taking melatonin is between 0.5 mg and 5 mg, therefore, any two doses should be within this range.

Is it safe to take 10 mg of melatonin?

Although over the counter melatonin products can be found in 10 mg doses, numerous doctors recommend melatonin doses in the range of .5 to 5 mg.

How long can you take melatonin every night?

Two prominent medical doctors believe melatonin is generally safe to take every night, but that larger clinical studies are needed in order to determine its effectiveness for insomnia for long term use.

Can melatonin cause weight gain?

A study found that lower levels of melatonin production in the autumn and winter months can increase appetite and therefore lead to weight gain.

Does melatonin make you skinny?

In 2013, scientists at the University of Granada discovered that melatonin consumption helps control weight gain by stimulating the appearance of a type of fat cell known as 'beige fat' which actually burns calories as opposed to storing them.

Does melatonin come in gummies?

Yes, in fact this is one of the most popular ways of consumption. Melatonin has been infused into gummies such as these wild strawberry melatonin sleep gummies.

Can you use melatonin with CBD?

Many consumers have found that taking CBD helps them to relax. Since melatonin has been proven to promote sleep and anxiety is often what keeps individuals awake at night, combining melatonin with CBD makes sense. A key characteristic of melatonin and CBD is that neither of them depresses your central nervous system the way many sleep aids do. 

nama has custom formulated nama Sleep, by infusing 3 mg of melatonin with 25 mg of organic broad spectrum CBD with other natural herbs that have been associated with sleep. This effective combination has been infused into a vegan wild strawberry gummy.

Is melatonin good for anxiety?

According to some sources, melatonin may improve anxiety by improving sleep quality.  Several studies have been conducted on this topic, including a 2018 study which found that melatonin worked nearly as well as alprazolam, a prescription anxiety medication. 

When was melatonin discovered?

Melatonin was first discovered in 1958 when it was isolated from the bovine pineal gland.

What are foods that contain melatonin?

There are a number of foods that contain tryptophan which is an amino acid, that when consumed turns into the neurotransmitter serotonin and is then converted into melatonin. These foods include:

  • Dairy products such as milk, low-fat yogurt and cheese
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Legumes

How many people take melatonin?

More than 3 million adults and half-million children take melatonin and those numbers are expected to grow.

Who should not use melatonin for sleep?

According to Johns Hopkins, you should not use melatonin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have an autoimmune disorder, a seizure disorder or depression. As always, speak with your health care provider before taking or using melatonin.

*nama makes absolutely no medical claims about melatonin, CBD or CBN. No information in this article is to be used as medical advice. All potential benefits listed are cited and linked to a study where the information is provided. Always consult a doctor before taking or using melatonin. 

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