Why would supplement companies recommend taking 10-100 times as much melatonin as your body normally produces at its peak during the night?
Let me start by saying that I am NOT advocating or suggesting the use of melatonin.* I just find it interesting that melatonin requires a prescription in many countries, and that the recommended levels in the U.S. may be higher than necessary.
When my husband and I travel across time zones, we sometimes take melatonin to adjust. Normally we take the recommended dosage of 2 gummies, but on our most recent trip we only took 1/4 of ONE gummy and had a much-improved experience. We didn’t wake up as lethargic or drowsy, and it worked just as well in signaling our body to begin the sleep process. I will continue to do all I can to get the rest I need for my daily and overall health, and be aware of how I'm affected by different factors (including the amount of melatonin that works best for me).
* Always seek the guidance of a medical doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you have and before beginning any supplements. This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.