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Because Melatonin is made in our bodies, and is in certain foods, it is (for most people) much safer than any other type of sleeping pill. It is made by both our pineal glands and our "guts" (gastrointestinal (GI) tract). I find Melatonin to be the only sleeping pill I need. Some foods contain melatonin; including red wine, tart cherries, tomatoes, bananas, and ginger.
Melatonin is often most useful for older people, because our bodies have lots of it when we are young and we generally make less Melatonin as we age. Generally, the older you are, the more you will probably benefit from Melatonin.
Besides sleep, Melatonin may be good for your stomach, and may even help some people with stomach problems such as GERD (acid reflux disease), and other stomach-related problems, including some kinds of unwanted bacteria.
Some ulcers may be caused by the bacteria called H.pylori, and taking melatonin can help eliminate that bacteria. The major influence of Melatonin seems to occur indirectly, through our brain-gut axis. Some studies have shown that melatonin can prevent ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel disease, and even colon cancer.
However, most people should use Melatonin for a good night's sleep. Try it early in the evening instead of some other sleeping pill(s).
While some people get results from as little as 0.3 milligrams of Melatonin; most people find that 3-6 milligrams works best. Too much might make you sleepy the next day. Some melatonin supplements are designed to be dissolved under the tongue, and some are in a liquid form. Some manufacturers mix in other vitamins and compounds in their melatonin products; which may increase the chances for a good night's sleep. Ironically, taking too much Melatonin can cause insomnia. Moderation in all things is usually the best policy.
Besides Melatonin, for a good night's sleep; avoid stress at night, and try to eliminate all lights from your bedroom and sleep in total darkness. Note that lights that shine a yellow light, such as Himalayan salt lamps, do not seem to interfere with sleep. I have a small light handy, if I want to visit the restroom during the night.
Melatonin might even fight cancer and help people boost their immune systems. As long as you take Melatonin when the sun sets, you will probably appreciate its ability to mellow you out and help you to sleep. If you are very young, old, sick, or taking other medications, ask your doctor about Melatonin.
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