Natural sleep aid: Melatonin for better sleep
Anyone who regularly has trouble falling asleep knows how stressful nights and days can become. When restful sleep is in short supply, we lack the energy to get a good start to the day. Reasons for sleep disorders can be a stressful lifestyle, shift or night work, but also air travel to other time zones.
What is melatonin and how does it work?
Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the body that regulates the sleep-wake-cycle. It is also called the "sleep hormone" or "sandman hormone" because it is released in the evening and makes us feel tired. It therefore helps us fall asleep and stay asleep.
In the evening hours, as dusk falls, the melatonin level in the body slowly rises, making us sleepy. It peaks between 02:00 and 04:00 at night. In the early morning hours, the melatonin level drops again. After that, its counterpart, the stress hormone cortisol, begins its activity and leads us very slowly to the process of waking up. Around 09:00 in the morning, the melatonin concentration decreases extremely. Cortisol keeps us alert and awake during the day. During the day, the brain also produces the "wakefulness hormone" serotonin through natural sunlight and daylight. Melatonin and serotonin production are strongly interdependent.
Melatonin therefore has a sleep-inducing effect and the tendency to sleep increases. The tendency to fall asleep is promoted, thus the time needed to fall asleep is shortened. The biological sleep rhythm is thus stimulated in a natural way.
And best of all: you can benefit from this effect every evening if you wish, since melatonin has absolutely no habituation effect or addictive side effects.
More Sleep lozenge
Ingredients per daily ration (1/2 lozenge):
- 1mg melatonin
- 50mg L-theanine
- 25mg magnesium
Advantages of More Sleep lozenges
Sleep supplements are often offered in the form of powder or capsules. The problem is that you have to drink a lot before going to bed in order to take the supplements. However, this is totally counterproductive for your sleep, because the nightly trip to the toilet is virtually pre-programmed. To avoid this, we have developed lozenges that melt in your mouth. Another plus: Instead of sugar, they contain xylitol, which is why our More Sleep is even good for your teeth. How can that be? It's simple: eating foods that contain xylitol instead of sugar helps maintain tooth mineralization. So you can simply let the tablet melt in your mouth before you go to bed. Melatonin, L-theanine and magnesium are quickly absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth and do not have to pass through the stomach mucosa before they finally reach the blood, as is the case with a capsule. So you can sleep well all night long.
The More Sleep lozenges consist of 50% Time-Released Melatonin and 50% Instant Melatonin. This means that one half of the melatonin takes effect immediately after ingestion (30-60 minutes after ingestion), and the other 50% releases its effect with a time delay - this provides your body with melatonin for several hours, allowing you to sleep even better.
More Sleep Spray
Ingredients per daily ration (2 sprays):
- 1mg melatonin
- 1mg passion flower extract
- 1mg valerian extract
- 1mg lemon balm extract
- 0,16mg vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- 0,21mg Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Advantages of More Sleep Spray
More Sleep Spray combines the effect of the body's own hormone melatonin with selected plant extracts, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6.
Valerian extract: has a sleep-inducing effect similar to melatonin, calms and improves sleep.
Melissa extract: Melissa is a medicinal plant and has a decongestant and calming effect.
Passionflower extract: Passionflower extract can increase the concentration of GABA and thus have a calming effect.
Vitamin B6 and B1: With the addition of the two B vitamins, More Sleep Spray also supports your nerves and psyche overnight, as the two vitamins contribute to healthy nervous system function and normal mental function. Vitamin B6 additionally supports the regulation of hormone activity in your body overnight - so that you not only fall asleep faster, but also sleep through the night without stress and wake up refreshed the next morning.
What is the difference between the More Sleep lozenges and the spray?
The most obvious difference is the dosage form. The spray is suitable for those who prefer the best effect with the easiest intake. Due to the fine atomization of the liquid with melatonin in the oral cavity, it is absorbed at once and faster. When sucking the tablet, the active ingredient enters the body more slowly, but due to the proportion of time-released melatonin, it also has a delayed effect for longer during the night.
Our recommendation is: it is best to try both once to test what is most effective for you personally.
Both products are also available as a sample for this purpose:
More Sleep FAQ
Does melatonin influence the effect of the pill?
The contraceptive effect of the pill remains unaffected by melatonin. In studies, higher melatonin levels could be measured while taking the pill, but since there is no overdose or upper limit of melatonin, there is no need to worry.
What is the recommended dosage?
Meta-analyses have shown that 1-12mg of melatonin supplementation benefits the sleep quality of people with primary sleep disorders like insomnia, metabolic disorders, dementia (cognitive decline), neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, autism, and intellectual disabilities.
To mimic the melatonin curve that would occur naturally in those seen with good sleep hygiene, all you need is a low dose of 300 mcg taken 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Our products provide 1mg per serving, which is three times this dose.
Migraine & Side Effects
It is very unusual that melatonin intake is associated with migraine, because actually the data point in the other direction - that is, positive effects on migraine. But the effect can also be opposite, as with anything. Occasionally there is headache as a side effect. Some people produce so much melatonin endogenously that it is too much when taken exogenously. The melatonin does not inhibit endogenous synthesis, but comes "on top". Here we would recommend adjusting the dosage or trying the More Sleep Spray. If necessary, omit it once and start again with a lower dosage.
Please check for yourself possible interactions with other medications. Melatonin supplements may interact with several medications, including:
- Anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications.
- birth control medications
- Diabetes medications
- medicines that suppress the immune system (immunosuppressants)
Can I use More Sleep during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Opinions differ on the subject of melatonin. From the official side (NHS = National Health Service), the recommendation is: please consult with your doctor and get clarification. There are data in pregnancy as well as in lactation. Brief guideline on this: Due to the fact that melatonin is an endogenous hormone and natural, one should keep the amount so that it corresponds to the natural one. All the data on this can be found on examine.com or NHIS.
However, we do not make any recommendations here and stick to the official recommendation: please consult with your doctor and get clarification.