Sweet Dreams

dog sleeping

Having trouble trying to sleep at night? Are your sleep patterns out of whack? It might have to do with melatonin.

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland. Melatonin helps to control your sleep and wake cycles.

Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid to late evening, remain high through the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.

Melatonin supplements are available if you need some help to sleep. They add to the amount of melatonin circulating in our blood. Even small doses from pills, around 0.5 milligrams, can boost the amount circulating in our body. Most melatonin pills are between 0.5 and 5 milligrams.

One thing that we all do is that we never give our eyeballs rest at night from all the screens lighting up the room. We usually have the tv, a tablet, and the phone all going at the same time.

If you can’t turn off those devices, hop on over to You Tube and search for some soothing sounds to listen to while you sleep.

Here is one that has rain.

Sweet dreams. Take a big yawn!

Lisa B

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