Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland of the brain that regulates sleep-wake cycles. It is one of many hormones affected by the light-dark cycle. The light stimulates production of melatonin while darkness turns it off, causing people to find it more difficult to fall asleep in a brightly lit place, or when using electronic devices that emit blue light.
Melatonin supplements are sometimes used for temporary insomnia or jet lag, but they can also help with migraines and other issues related to circadian rhythm disruption.
But you cannot buy melatonin over the counter in Ireland....
So what are the melatonin alternatives?
Some great sleep remedies can be simple herbal teas like valerian, also available in tincture form, valerian root helps to slow the racing thoughts down to help you sleep.
Magnesium is a great mineral to take at night time which helps to help your body relax and sleep more comfortably, magnesium is great at keeping you regular, will help with mood disorders and can also help with muscle aches and pains.
A lovely sleep remedy is lemon balm (also called Melissa) it is an aromatic herb that has calming properties. Lemon balm can help with anxiety and stress, it works by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, serotonin helps to improve mood and sleep cycle.
Chamomile tea is also a great natural remedy for sleep issues.
So there you have it - some nice remedies to help you sleep.