If you search for sleep supplements or sleep aids the first product you might come across is usually melatonin.
That’s because melatonin has been around for a long time, and has a reputation for being pretty reasonably safe.
But if you look around and start asking some questions (or reading some reviews), you’ll quickly start to wonder if melatonin supplements really do what they are supposed to do.
What are Melatonin supplements anyway?
Melatonin supplements are synthetically derived hormones meant to mimic the natural secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland.
The pineal gland takes serotonin and converts it into melatonin naturally, which is the basis of your natural circadian rhythm.
The serotonin it uses originates from tryptophan. (Specifically L-Tryptophan).
All vertebrates (meaning animals with a backbone of some type) have a pineal gland.
Except the hagfish.
The pineal gland does all sorts of amazing things for helping to control and modulate the cells in the body.
Most of which is based on how well the pineal gland can secrete melatonin.
And melatonin’s effect is as far reaching as bone health, mental health, drug metabolism, aging, and even a sense of direction.
The pineal receives optical information on how bright it is or how dark it is and secretes melatonin accordingly.
More when it’s dark and getting darker and less when it’s bright and getting brighter.
This is how the circadian rhythm is controlled.
Ok, so Melatonin is natural, so what’s the issue?
As with all things related to “hormones”, the issue tends to be complicated.
But the heart of the issue, is that if you start supplying your body with a hormone it naturally produces internally… you reduce the production of your melatonin production naturally!
This is why melatonin supplementation just stops working after a while.
And often you’re worse off because you still can’t get to sleep and your melatonin doesn’t work!
Any balanced chemical reaction in the body tends to want to maintain “homeostasis“.
This means the balance of all chemicals tends towards a balanced equation.
If you add melatonin to the system, the natural source will decrease output to maintain equilibrium.
In other words, everything is connected.
Are there dangers to melatonin supplements?
Quite a few recent investigations and articles are now pointing to the dangers of melatonin supplementation.
Especially for children whose pineal glands and overall bodies and minds are still growing.
Prominent nutritionists are calling to halt the promotion of melatonin and instead encourage individuals to naturally improve their sleeping routines and improve nutrition.
Improving nutrition through supplementation of natural raw materials that help the body operate better seem to make better sense.
So What’s a Better Way to Fall Asleep Then?
A better way to help your body correct itself is, of course, to provide it with the raw material it needs to do its job.
The pineal gland can create melatonin if it has enough serotonin available in the blood circulating around it.
To get enough serotonin in the blood, you need to have increased levels of Tryptophan.
What’s great is that the tryptophan pathway is not synthetic. It’s 100% natural and happens in your body everyday.
Getting enough tryptophan to feed this natural pathway is a huge part of daily health.
It’s the only natural way to actually provide the pineal gland with what it needs to act.
Turkey Sleep provides the researched backed optimum dose of Tryptophan to help your body increase levels of Serotonin, and therefore Melatonin naturally.
Without messing with your hormones.Image By: Alexandru Zdrobău