There is a popular misconception that melatonin helps you sleep. In fact, melatonin does not help you sleep. Melatonin levels rise in the evening helping to promote a state of quiet wakefulness that helps promote sleep. Most people produce enough melatonin for sleep on their own. However, if you’re struggling with sleep issues, taking melatonin may be a great natural and effective solution for you!

To promote restful sleep, your body naturally begins to wind down at the end of the day when the sun goes down and the biological process of preparing for sleep begins. This process takes a few hours. Therefore, you will want to take melatonin 2-3 hours before your planned sleep time. Taking melatonin shortly before bed can create the problem that it won’t have enough time to enter and work within your body. Some people believe that melatonin doesn’t work for them when most likely, melatonin was taken too close to bedtime!

When is it Not Good to Take Melatonin?

Taking too much melatonin can create the opposite effect of what you’re trying to achieve. Less is more when taking melatonin. Since melatonin occurs naturally in the body, it does not have much of a presence during the day. Do not take melatonin close to waking morning hours or during the day as you can become drowsy and groggy, and prolonged results can cause you to feel depressed.

If you’re considering taking melatonin to help your body get to a restful place and stay there through the night, be sure to speak to a medical professional beforehand. There may be a medical issue as to why you’re experiencing sleep issues. Stress, anxiety, or depression can all cause difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or getting a deep restful sleep. Also, circadian rhythm disorder can cause issues with your sleep-wake cycle and is something that melatonin will not be able to fix.

Sleep Deprivation Causing Employees to Sleep on the Job?

Many workers suffer from sleep disorders. In fact, forty-five percent of Americans say insufficient or poor sleep has affected their daily life at least once in the past seven days. Sleep deprivation costs businesses billions each year, so it is no surprise more and more people are turning to melatonin to try and get a good night’s sleep.

Boosting Employees Alertness and Productivity

One solution that employers can control is to create or supply a meditation room, or even a nap room for power naps for employees to reboot their brains. Sleep experts do state that 10-20 minutes is the perfect amount of naptime for boosting energy and alertness levels all day. Allocating a quiet area for power naps will certainly be a boost in productivity (and morale).  Offering a sleep program and ensuring workers a good night’s sleep is just as important as offering wellness programs for blood pressure or blood sugar levels.  For more information on the implementation of employee wellness programs, reach out to us and we can help get you or your company started.