Many adults experience frequent or occasional sleep disturbance, including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too early. The most popular natural sleep aid is melatonin because it is effective and safe to use.
Melatonin is the body’s own natural sleep hormone, produced in the brain in the pineal gland each evening when darkness falls. It is part of the “biological clock” that produces the circadian rhythm and prepares the body for sleep. But the natural rhythm of this clock can be disrupted, resulting in difficulty sleeping.
Research shows that taking a melatonin supplement 30–90 minutes before bedtime temporarily resets the biological clock, reduces the time it takes to fall asleep, improves sleep quality, increases total sleep time in people with an altered sleep schedule (e.g., shift work or jet lag), and reduces daytime fatigue associated with jet lag. Unlike pharmaceutical sleeping pills, which can disrupt the critical REM stage of sleep, melatonin supports REM sleep.
Safe and effective Natural Factors Melatonin is made from non-animal sources. The sublingual tablets ensure fast, consistent absorption and are available in four strengths to provide the right dose for your needs. Sleep is very important. If you have a serious sleep disorder, consult a health care practitioner.
Main selling features
•A safe, non-addictive alternative to pharmaceutical sleeping pills
•3 mg size facilitates taking the minimum dose necessary to address individual needs
•Sublingual tablet ensures quick absorption
•Refreshing natural peppermint flavour
•Derived from non-animal sources
How it works
The human body has a "biological clock", a small region near the centre of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) that regulates sleeping, waking, and other body processes. During conditions of dim light, such as at nightfall, special photoreceptors in the eyes send signals to the SCN, which forwards the signal to the pineal gland, causing it to release melatonin into the bloodstream. Melatonin prepares the body for sleep by inducing drowsiness and lowering body temperature. When sufficient light returns, such as at dawn, the SCN signals the pineal gland to stop releasing melatonin and the body returns to a waking state.
But the rhythm of the internal clock can be disrupted due to shift work, jet lag, stress, delayed sleep phase syndrome, or other factors, leaving the body with insufficient melatonin at bedtime. Melatonin production also declines with age. Insufficient melatonin causes sleep disturbance.
Taking a melatonin supplement restores melatonin levels and improves sleep in at least two ways. First, melatonin produces a sedative effect by inhibiting the activity of the brain’s reticular activating system, which controls the wakeful state. Second, it temporarily resets the sleep phase of the biological clock, entraining it to a desired sleep time.
Each Tablet Contains:
Melatonin (non-animal source) 3 mg
Lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, natural peppermint flavour, croscarmellose sodium, vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant).