Taking Melatonin for the First Time? Here’s What to Expect

If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, whether it’s due to changes in your schedule, new stress or just restless thoughts, you may be considering adding melatonin to your nighttime routine. Vicks ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin is a great choice when you’re dealing with sleeplessness, because it is drug-free and non-habit-forming. So, getting started with melatonin is easy, but what can you expect? Because you don’t know how your body will react to melatonin, consider taking your first dose when you don’t have to be active the next morning, like on a weekend, so you can see how your body adjusts to the additional boost. It is also important that you not take melatonin when you need to be awake less than six hours later. With less than six hours of sleep, the additional melatonin may leave you groggier than usual and tired the next day.

In addition to taking melatonin, it’s beneficial to make sure your bedroom gives you the best opportunity for a good night’s sleep. This means turning off any screens (televisions, tablets, phones), turning the thermostat down, and turning on ambient noise, like a fan or gentle, soothing music. Some people find that aromatherapy is also helpful. You also want to make sure your room is as dark as possible because this helps your mind tell your body it’s time to sleep.

Melatonin begins to have an effect within 30 minutes. You should start to feel peaceful & sleepy. Melatonin is a sleep-aid supplement that works with your natural sleep cycle. This is why it’s important to have a relaxing environment to give yourself the best chance possible for a full night’s sleep.

Melatonin may increase REM sleep. The REM sleep stage is also when your brain has its best chance of dreaming. After taking melatonin and falling asleep, you may experience longer & more vivid dreams. Melatonin dreams are completely normal and are a sign that the melatonin is working.

While you’re sleeping, the melatonin in our Vicks ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin Gummies will begin to wear off. Once the melatonin wears off, your brain moves from the REM cycle into the deep sleep cycle. During this cycle, you will sleep through any minor sleep disturbances (like small noises and lights). From the deep sleep cycle, you’ll move into the light sleep cycle.

It’s very important to let your brain get to the light sleep stage, as waking from the REM or deep sleep cycles will leave you disoriented and tired, regardless of whether you took melatonin or not. The light sleep cycle prepares you to wake by increasing your body temperature and decreasing your natural melatonin. This decrease in melatonin tells your body that it’s time to wake.

To avoid having your alarm clock jolt you out of sleep before reaching the light sleep stage, consider going to bed earlier and replacing a noise alarm with a light alarm. Light alarms wake you more gently by increasing the amount of light until your dark room becomes bright, which also signals to your body to reduce melatonin and help push you into light sleep.

The morning after taking melatonin, you should wake up feeling rested, relaxed and invigorated. If you’ve gotten a full night’s sleep, but still feel groggy when you wake, you may be taking too large of a dose of melatonin. Reduce your dose next time to see if that helps.

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