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How to Use Melatonin for Better Sleep

The supplement can improve your odds of getting to sleep – provided you follow these steps. For occasional sleepless nights or short-term help with sleep struggles, some people turn to sleep aids. One of the most common options is melatonin, available both as a prescription medication and as an over-the-counter supplement. Melatonin has been shown to help people who have difficulty falling asleep as well as occasional sleeplessness. It can be especially effective for people with shift work jobs that…

What Is Melatonin?

How the ups and downs of Melatonin affect your snooze time A hormone that’s made by the pineal gland in the brain, melatonin helps control your daily sleep-wake cycles. Your body’s internal clock (also known as your circadian rhythm) influences how much melatonin the pineal gland makes, and so does the amount of light that you’re exposed to each day. Typically, melatonin levels start to rise in the mid-to-late evening, after the sun has set. They stay elevated for most…

How Much Melatonin Should You Really Be Taking?

Just the right dose can help you sleep peacefully. For the millions of people who have trouble falling—and staying—asleep, melatonin can sometimes be the solution. The powerful hormone is naturally produced in your brain and sends the message to your body that it’s nighttime and time to hit the hay. You can also take it as a supplement—it’s sold over-the-counter at your local drugstore. People commonly make the mistake of assuming that taking higher doses of…

How to Go from Night Owl to Early Bird

Ready to trade your midnight-loving ways for early-morning sunshine? Here’s how to smooth the transition. Thanks to circadian rhythm, your body feels more awake or asleep at different points of the day. It’s a naturally occurring phenomenon, and not everyone’s rhythm is the same—some people are full of pep at 7:00 AM (those would be the early birds) while others are most energized at 11:00 PM (night owls). But what if you want to switch from one to…

When Is it Time for a Sleep Aid?

Too many nights lying wide awake might make you wonder about medication. Here what you should know. Even after taking steps to improve the quality of your sleep—such as sticking with a regular bedtime, cutting back on caffeine, and exercising regularly—some people still struggle to get the amount of sleep they need. It’s a cycle that causes frustration as well as exhaustion. So now what? If you are one of the millions of people who struggle to fall asleep every night,…

On an Early Flight? Learn How to Wake Up Feeling Rested.

Just because you’re rising before dawn to catch the first flight out doesn’t mean you have to feel drowsy all day. Sometimes there’s just no avoiding an early morning flight, whether it’s because you have to be at your destination in time for a 9:00 AM meeting or because the ticket costs half the price of one for a flight leaving later in the day. And no thanks to the long lines at security, those pre-dawn take-offs can force you…

Surprising Summer Sleep Challenges—and How to Deal

The best parts about June, July, and August may also be the worst for quality shut-eye. Learn how to protect yourself from bright skies, warm temps, and other sneaky sleep saboteurs. Few things are more aggravating than lying awake in a hot bedroom covered in sweat. Beyond the annoying inconvenience of having to get up and change your shirt (or take a cold shower), this kind of summer sleep disruption can leave you feeling tired and lethargic the next day….

Understanding the Differences Between Prescription, OTC, and Natural Sleep Aids

Sleep aids fall into one of three categories: Prescription, over-the-counter, and natural. Learn what each type has to offer. Often, sleep issues can be resolved with lifestyle changes. For those that cannot, your doctor may suggest a sleep aid. There are many sleep aids on the market, including prescription sleep aids, over-the-counter sleep aids, and natural sleep aids. Each has its own benefits and works better in certain situations. You want to choose one that addresses your particular needs (falling…

New Job, Earlier Hours: How to Wake up Refreshed

You’ve got the gig, but now you need an earlier alarm. Learn how to adjust your routine to make getting up in the morning easier. A new job is exciting, but it can also mean a shift in your regular routine, especially if the commute is longer or work begins earlier. The good news? Beginning a new job as an excellent opportunity to set new, productive habits, including waking up at an earlier hour. After all, rising early has been…

Feel More Energized to Increase Sleep Satisfaction

Learn ways to boost your energy in the morning—and all day long—and why these simple steps can bring you more sleep satisfaction at night. When it comes to sleep and energy, the relationship works both ways: If you’re satisfied with the sleep you got last night, you’re more likely to feel energized when you wake up. And feeling energized in the morning (and during the rest of your day) leads to greater sleep satisfaction. Sleep satisfaction is a self-assessment of how…