Sleep Aids -Natural Remedies

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Today, November 7, 2011, ABC TV Station reported that a new research revealed that a significant amount of women of 40 to 65 years of age take drugs in order to sleep. These women have the double duties: working to make income and taking care of children and family. Too much pressure, they cannot sleep well.

A natural remedy can help!


Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland in the center of your brain. Melatonin regulates the body’s circadian rhythms. Those are daily rhythms such as your sleep-wake cycle. The levels of melatonin in the blood are highest prior to bedtime. Taking melatonin one hour before going to bed is very helpful.

How much melatonin does it take to help increase sleep?

A host of studies show that as little as 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams may be enough for most people. A number of commercial dietary supplements have 3 mg of melatonin. Experts suggest that the fast-release melatonin is possibly more effective as a sleep remedy than the slow-release formulas.


Tryptophan is an amino acid. It is a precursor in the synthesis of serotonin in the brain. That means it’s a biochemical substance that is necessary for the formation of the more stable serotonin. Because tryptophan is present in milk and warm milk helps some people feel drowsy, tryptophan became a much sought-after item for the treatment of insomnia at natural food stores.

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