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by Sarah Schuh

If you're someone who suffers the bedtime blues — especially during this time of new routines and WFH — you may have stumbled across melatonin supplements in your search to overcome them. And for good reason. Cruise on over to our handy ingredients glossary, and you'll see that the key benefit of this supplement is to help support healthy sleep-wake cycles.** (Just what you're looking for - right?)

In your quest to get a more restful night's sleep, we're diving into the supplement further, answering common questions like "what is melatonin?" and "what is liquid melatonin?", as well as giving you a feel for the Vital Proteins® products containing the ingredient in a comprehensive guide format below. So if you're ready to find a solution to your slumber woes, keep calm and scroll on.

a guide to melatonin and liquid melatonin

What Is Melatonin?

As a refresher, melatonin helps regulate your sleep schedules. The natural hormone, found in the brain, encourages you to fall asleep — and stay asleep — longer by putting you in a state of peaceful wakefulness as part of your pre-bedtime routine.**

How Does Melatonin Work?

Your body's cue to release melatonin is the sun. During the daylight hours, your brain’s production of melatonin is blocked or disrupted by light. Then, as the evening hours begin to creep in, melatonin levels increase, helping you feel more relaxed before bed. Once the sun rises again in the morning, the cycle starts again!

Of course, this process is not without its flaws. As humans, there are things we do to disrupt these natural cycles and melatonin production. These include using screens or blue light before bed, changing your bedtime or traveling across time zones. Age is another factor, as your body produces less melatonin as you get older. 

What Is Liquid Melatonin?

While spending time Googling melatonin as part of your research (not in the late-night hours, of course!), you may have stumbled across "liquid melatonin" or "melatonin drinks". To clear the confusion, these terms simply refer to the way you intake your melatonin. While some popular formats come in pill or capsule form, others, such as Vital Proteins's Sleep Collagen Shot, allow you to sip your way to bedtime bliss in a drink.

Now that we've teed that up, let's take a closer look into what's behind each of these bottles, below.

The Best Melatonin Supplements 

Liquid Melatonin

Sleep Collagen Shot

For those who want their melatonin in a quick sip, this 2 fl. oz. shot is a dream come true! Flavored with notes of blueberry and lavender, it contains magnesium, GABA, and, of course, melatonin, to support relaxation and a deep, restorative night’s sleep.** So sip on and enjoy sweet dreams! 

Why It's Awesome:

"If you need help falling asleep and want your skin to look on point, check out @vitalproteins new Sleep Collagen Shot. These babies are made with all of the essential ingredients to help you fall asleep, recover, and have your hair/skin looking fresh the next day." - Nick R., @nickralich

Melatonin Supplements

Blueberry Moon Milk Collagen Latte™

If you're someone who's big on nighttime rituals, your delicious evening awaits! Warm up a mug of this soul-soothing, berry-flavored drink that includes 10g of beef bone broth collagen and sleepy-time additions like melatoninGABAmagnesium and ashwagandhaSimply mix into hot liquid (like dairy-free milk) for a calming way to cap your day.

Why It's Awesome:

For the past three nights, I’ve been making myself a Blueberry Moon Milk Collagen Latte. I put two scoops in my favorite mug, add hot water then top off with almond milk. It’s what I look forward to!” - Grace G.

Shop Melatonin Supplements At Vital Proteins

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.