Should you take melatonin supplement for better sleep? – Common misconceptions about melatonin
Does taking a melatonin tablet or supplement really help you to get better, longer, deeper sleep? And does it help you with your performance during today? In this video, we will look at some of those misconceptions that I heard from clients during my talks about the link between sleep and the sleep quality, and melatonin itself, which is one of the hormones that our body produces and it’s called the sleep hormone. And this is some of the things that people have heard mostly about melatonin is, melatonin is a hormone that helps us to have a better quality sleep in general. Hi there, My name is Beatrix Schmidt from thesleepdeepmethod.com. As a sleep coach and speaker, I help professionals to overcome what I would call lifestyle related insomnia and other sleep related problems. So if you’re looking for practical tips and advice to improve your sleep, overcome some of those sleep issues that you have, hit the Subscribe button below and come back each week, when I share brand new videos, and share some of those tools and techniques that I work with when I work with my private clients. When it comes to melatonin, a lot of the times I come across people who are quite confused about whether or not they should even take it to improve their sleep, whether or not they are taking enough supplements, melatonin supplements, what kind of types of melatonin there is and whether or not it even helps to overcome some of their sleep problems. And this is a common question that I ask from every single person that comes along to a complimentary sleep coaching session, is what are the type of things that they have tried and tested before they ended up talking to me. And one that coming up a lot more now is melatonin supplements. Now if you’re interested in the exact science of how melatonin is produced, I would suggest you go and have a look at another article, scientific article that will give you lots of different details about how this cycle happens, and how melatonin starts being produced. I want to stick to the practicalities in this video, because this is one of the problems that I see with people taking random supplements, and not getting the results that they actually expect from taking something like a melatonin supplement. So one of the first misconceptions I come across with is people not knowing that there is a long acting melatonin supplement, and there is a short acting melatonin supplement. And obviously if you take a long acting melatonin supplement expecting you to get to sleep
within sort of 30 minutes, it’s unlikely that it’s going to actually happen. And vice versa, if you take a short acting a melatonin supplement four hours before sleeping, or wanting to sleep, how likely that you are actually going to get a result from it? I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be testing or trialling some of these products that are out there. But I do think that you need to get a little bit more understanding of first of all, how your body works. Secondly, what are the requirements for you to be able to get to sleep at night really well, and be able to sleep through the night. So one of the things that I also seen is when people start relying on the supplement, guess what happens? Your body is going to start changing its behaviour. So if you think taking a supplement will boost your melatonin levels, what that’s going to tell your brain is not to produce anymore. If you get the required amount, you’re actually giving your brain a different instructions. Because if you then start taking supplements all the time, your body will then probably over time stop producing as much, because you’re giving it to your body. And this is one of the things that I would suggest is not relying on external supplement. You look at whether or not this is actually maybe a medical problem, maybe something that your body isn’t producing because some of those issues, or is it that you simply missing on developing some of those skills to be able to switch off. And if you’re interested in any more videos, I’ve got plenty of videos on this channel to help you to get those practicalities, and developing those skills around sleep. The second part I wanted to cover in this video about melatonin, and some of these misconceptions that I’ve been hearing is addressing how melatonin potentially can help you with better performance during the day. Now I get why this totally makes sense. If the melatonin supplement helps you to get a better sleep, then of course you’re going to be able to perform better during the day. But I think some of the times when we wanted to push our performance to a higher level, we forget that actually learning those basic tools, and techniques, and practises is really important. Why do I say that? Is because often I come across with peak performers, high achievers who perhaps want to cut down on sleep, and over stimulate themselves during the day so that they can produce more during the day. And this is quite common with a lot of the entrepreneurs that I come across with or business owners, is they want to optimise their sleep, but it’s almost optimising their sleep just because they want to actually produce more during the day. Rather than really truly optimising sleep to the level where they need to be at. And I think this is one of the things that I hear all the time, is wanting to produce more during the day. So I would suggest not taking good supplement just because you want to fast forward the process. Learn those core tools and techniques that you need to perhaps maybe learn to switch off from the day. Learn to be able to properly sleep through the night without maybe some of those emotions rising up, because that would surely help you to peak perform better during the day, rather than relying on supplement that might work one day, and may not work another day. Because again, as I mentioned earlier, melatonin changes all the time, how much melatonin your body produces, and how much supplements you might need to take changes all the time. So it’s good to actually develop the core skills for you to really peak perform during the day. The last bit I wanted to share with you when it comes to melatonin and generally taking supplements, I take some supplements too because I do think that whereas our diet has changed, and our lifestyle has changed we sometimes do need this extra help for us and for our body to be able to function really well. And I think this is the bottom line. I take supplements because I can definitely tell that when I do take them, my body’s able to function much better. I’m not taking them to boost my energy levels because I didn’t sleep well, because I don’t eat well, because perhaps I don’t exercise. I take the supplements based on the fact that I can see how my body is actually functioning slightly better, more consistently throughout a period of time, by doing that. And I think this is one of the basic principles that I talk to my clients about as well. Don’t just take a bunch of things because you want to fix little problems that you have going on, or perhaps that it’s going to boost your energy levels for a couple of hours, but you still borderline sort of burning out, not sleeping well, you’re not functioning really well. Look at your health as an overall bigger prospective, and have the right principles behind why you want to be taking these potential supplements to help your body. Are you fixing a problem or are you actually really looking at how you can get much healthier for many years to come? Did you like this video about melatonin? If you did, I would love it if you hit the Like button below. Share it with a family member or a friend. And don’t forget to come over to the comment box and let me know what you think about this melatonin supplement topic. Whether you’ve tried maybe some of the products that are out there, or you have a very strong opinion about it. I would love to hear it. So I’m really looking forward to see you in the comment box. And don’t forget to Subscribe to the channel so I can start sharing more and more practical tips with you, so that you can start improving your sleep, overcoming some of your sleep problems and insomnia as well. And remember, overcoming these sleep issues do take time. Overnight fixes don’t tend to last, which is why one of the reasons I’m passionate about sharing these very practical, basic skill related tips with you. Thank you so much for watching, and I’m really looking forward to seeing you in the next video.