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What Is Melatonin?

by hannah tate & sarah schuh - December 06, 2018

Are you struggling to fall asleep at night? Melatonin, found in our Sleep Collagen Shot and Blueberry Moon Milk Collagen Latte™ might just be the answer to a restful night’s sleep.

What Is Melatonin?

Your brain produces melatonin, a natural hormone, to help promote sleep-wake cycles. It does this by putting you in a state of peaceful wakefulness hours before your bedtime, so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.

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How Does Melatonin Work?

Your body knows to release melatonin thanks to the sun, as the brain’s production of it is blocked or disrupted by light. Melatonin levels increase in the evening as it gets dark out. Inversely, levels drop in the morning when it is light out, helping you feel more relaxed before bed.

There are a number of factors that can disrupt melatonin production, including screen time before bed, jet lag or an altered schedule requiring you to get to bed earlier. Your body also produces less of it as you get older. 

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Is It Safe To Take Melatonin?

A lot of people naturally produce enough melatonin on their own, but for those who go more than two nights with difficulty falling asleep, there are steps you can take to help promote healthy levels. By making sure you get enough time in natural daylight and reducing light exposure before bed, you can help signal melatonin production to your brain. One way to do this is by taking walks outside during the day in bright sunlight and limiting screen time two hours before bed.

Can We Increase Our Melatonin Levels?

There are also supplements you can take before bed. These come in liquid, powder or pill form and can help increase melatonin levels to aid in you falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer.

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How Much Melatonin Should I Take To Sleep?

Great question! Our Vital Proteins products with melatonin contain 1mg. However, we recommend discussing these levels and your health goals with your licensed healthcare professional. They can best provide you with the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and assist you as well in deciding whether a dietary supplement — and how much of it — will be a helpful addition to your regimen.

While you're asking, we are able to offer a customized approach to another ingredient found in our products that contain melatonin —collagen. This is not one-size-fits-all, especially when considering how different everyone's lifestyles are. That's why we launched the first-ever Collagen Calculator

Using information like your age, sex and protein diet, our proprietary on-site equation, which was developed based on published research, helps to determine your recommended daily collagen intake. A perfect-for-you collagen serving size is a few prompts away. Just add in your information and we'll take care of the rest!

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