Melatonin not working for you? Here’s the reason why.

Lots of folks use melatonin as a sleep aid. And why not? It’s natural, safe, and it works well.

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However, many folks have not been successful with melatonin.

Why is that?

Why is it that some folks respond well to melatonin, while other don’t?

There are two reason for this.

First, the reality is that we all react differently to supplements and medications.

So even though our brains normally secrete melatonin, there will still be differences in how we respond to melatonin as a supplement.

But, there is a second, critical reason for this…it’s called bioavailability.

Bioavailability is a fancy term for the amount of melatonin that gets out of the pill and into the circulation.

So if you swallow a tablet with 1 milligram of melatonin, usually a fraction of that 1 milligram actually gets into your system.

If that fraction, or bioavailability is very low, then it simply won’t work well.

Now there are many reasons why bioavailability is low, but the manufacturing process used to make the tablet can be a huge factor.

For example, if a tablet is compressed with excessive force, then the tablet will have difficulty dissolving in the stomach.

Again, this is why a sublingual melatonin tablet makes so much sense.

And by the way, don’t let the price dictate your buying decision! Saving a buck or two is not worth it when you’re trying to get some sleep.

 

Bad sleep ‘dramatically’ alters body

Interesting article today on the effect poor sleep can have on our bodies:

“Clearly sleep is critical to rebuilding the body and maintaining a functional state, all kinds of damage appear to occur – hinting at what may lead to ill health.

“If we can’t actually replenish and replace new cells, then that’s going to lead to degenerative diseases.”

He said many people may be even more sleep deprived in their daily lives than those in the study – suggesting these changes may be common.

The article is available here.

 

 

Buying a new mattress? Try a new pillow instead.

Have you seen the prices for new mattresses lately?

Cost of a new mattress

Can’t sleep? A mattress might help, but they are expensive!

Wow!

$2000 for a mattress!?

Sure, a mattress might help you sleep better.

But:

  • Mattresses are very expensive
  • Only the most expensive ones are adjustable
  • A new mattress will not help you with migraine headaches, hot flashes, neck pain, shoulder pain, or headaches

So, before you start shopping for a new mattress, try a new pillow instead!

A good pillow is only $50-$100, and it will last for years.

Plus, pillows can solve many of the health problems that mattresses simply can’t.

For example:

  • Air pillows and water pillows are fully adjustable. So you can make these pillows as soft or as firm as you want. 
  • Need neck support? A good neck pillow will provide the head and neck support you need. Try getting good neck support from your mattress!

Plus, you can get travel-sized pillows to take with you. Try carrying your fancy new mattress onto an airplane!

New Pillow Suggestions

This gift-giving time of year is perfect to give someone you care for the gift of better sleep.

Having trouble sleeping? A new pillow can help!

The easiest way to do this is with a new pillow. But which one? Here are a few suggestions:

Overall comfort – A water pillow is by far the best choice if you’re looking for a better pillow. They are fully adjustable by adding or removing water.

So even the pickiest of sleepers can find a pillow “setting” that’s just right.

We have a short video that gives more information on the best water pillow on the market today.

Neck pain – There are many causes of neck pain. So a pillow may not “cure” whatever condition is causing the neck pain. However, an uncomfortable pillow can make things worse!

For neck pain, we have two recommendations. First, if the adjustability of a water pillow is desired, check out this water pillow with a built-in neck support. The water pillow portion means that it’s fully adjustable, while the neck support can help relieve neck pain.

Another option for neck pain is this foam pillow. This is perfect for supporting the head and neck in the right position to help those neck muscles relax.

Travelers – Have you ever stayed at a hotel where the pillows were cheap, flat, and very uncomfortable?

A better option is to grab one of these comfortable travel-sized water pillows.

Bring the empty pillow with you, then use the coffee carafe in your hotel room to fill the pillow with water. Once you’re ready to come home, simply empty the pillow and toss it back into your suitcase.

Sleeping on the plane? Ask a flight attendant if you can borrow a water pitcher to fill the pillow up. It’s much more comfortable than those cheap foam semi-circles that you find in the airport.

And forget about those paper-thin pillows the airlines provide. They’re awful!

Hot Flashes – Can a pillow help you deal with uncomfortable hot flashes at night? This pillow can. This pillow is made with a special material that dissipates heat, resulting in a surface that always stays cool, even when you are warm.

This means that you’ll sleep better!

We hope these suggestions are helpful!