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Melatonin and Sleep
Are you one of the many Canadians suffering from a lack of quality sleep? A recent Canadian study showed that 55% of women and 43% of men between the ages of 18-49 experience sleep issues.1 Melatonin is a supplement that can help you get to sleep sooner and stay asleep longer for a better next day.
Melatonin is the hormone that helps get our bodies ready for sleep. It is produced in the pineal gland of the brain. Due to several modern-day challenges, many individuals are not producing sufficient melatonin:
- Aging – As humans age, our brains naturally produce less melatonin. Also, aging causes melatonin production to occur later in the night, delaying sleep onset.
- Excess stress – When stress levels are high, cortisol – the stress hormone – is also high. Elevated cortisol can interfere with melatonin production.
- Exposure to light – Melatonin production is disrupted by light exposure. With the amount of artificial light exposure increasing due to electronics and LED lighting, a lack of melatonin is becoming more common.
- Sleep disturbances – Anything that can disrupt normal sleep patterns, including shift work, travel (jet lag), excess caffeine or sugar and late nights may lead to insufficient melatonin production.
Supplementing with melatonin has been clinically-proven as an effective way of helping to ease sleep issues. Getting the right quality of melatonin and the proper formulation, however, is not so simple.
With the new Health First® Melatonin Supreme you get the best quality melatonin in a formulation designed to mimic natural melatonin flow during sleep.
MelaPure™ melatonin: Melatonin Supreme uses the highest quality melatonin available. Produced in Italy under a patented process, MelaPure™ melatonin is USP grade – meaning it meets the strict requirements of the United States Pharmacopeia for melatonin.
Recent lab testing of melatonin supplements in the Canadian market done at the University of Guelph have revealed serious concerns for potency levels and impurities. Many of the supplements contained much less or much more than the claimed melatonin content. Concerningly, more than one-quarter of the melatonin supplements tested in Canada contained unlabeled serotonin hormone – a controlled substance in Canada that could cause serious side-effects if taken in high doses.
With many melatonin supplements sourcing raw material extracted from the pineal glands of animals from China, the risk of impurities is elevated. The need for a pure, quality-made melatonin like MelaPure™ is crucial to product safety and effectiveness.
Time release – Many of the most positive clinical studies on melatonin and related improvements in sleeping patterns have been conducted with time release formulations. Health First® Melatonin Supreme is a time release formula that delivers its melatonin active ingredient over a period of 6-8 hours, the normal, healthy period of sleep for humans.
Melatonin in non-time released formulations is absorbed and metabolized within 60 minutes – effective for helping the onset of sleep, but not optimal for maintaining sleep. The time release formulation of Melatonin Supreme helps the user to get to sleep faster and sleep throughout the night.
Melatonin Supreme contains 3 mg of melatonin per tablet. High amounts of melatonin are not necessary – science shows that the brain is very responsive to melatonin supplementation at the onset of night, even at low dosages.
Several studies have confirmed that taking at least 2 mg of melatonin in a time release formula is effective for getting asleep, improving quality of sleep, without side effects on daytime activity or withdrawal issues.2,3,4
If you’re ready for some quality, sustained, deep sleep, it’s time to give Melatonin Supreme a try.
1. Chaput, Jean-Philippe et al. Duration and quality of sleep among Canadians aged 18 to 79. Statistics Canada. Sept. 20, 2017.
2. Luthringer, R. et al. The effect of prolonged-release melatonin on sleep measures and psychomotor performance in elderly patients with insomnia. Int Clin Psychopharmacol.2009 Sep;24(5):239-49. doi: 10.1097/YIC.0b013e32832e9b08
3. Lemoine P. et al. Prolonged-release melatonin improves sleep quality and morning alertness J Sleep Res. 2007 Dec;16(4):372-80in insomnia patients aged 55 years and older and has no withdrawal effects.
4. Wade, AG et al. Prolonged release melatonin in the treatment of primary insomnia: evaluation of the age cut-off for short- and long-term response. Curr Med Res Opin. 2011 Jan;27(1):87-98. doi: 10.1185/03007995.2010.537317. Epub 2010 Nov 24.