Tag: melatonin

Q & A: Will Melatonin Keep Me Asleep?

Can melatonin supplements be used to cut down on insomnia and middle-of-the-night awakenings?

There are two issues to consider here: safety and efficacy.

Insomniacs | snack on tryptophan-rich food and carbohydrate

Food for Sleep

Will a cup of warm milk at bedtime entice the Sandman your way?

Research suggests there’s a link between food and sleep, say the authors of a comprehensive review of the effects of diet on sleep length and quality, and milk is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid important to sleep.

melatonin taken early in the evening more effective than if taken at bedtime

Melatonin: It’s All About Timing

Most insomniacs I’ve met dismiss melatonin supplements as useless, and with good reason. If you follow directions and take the melatonin an hour before bedtime, it’s little more than a sugar pill.

But taking a melatonin supplement several hours before bedtime may give you better results.