We all love the taste of melatonin gummies and the great night’s sleep they give us – but is it possible to have too many melatonin gummies? How much melatonin is too much?
Melatonin gummies are a very welcome (and tasty) convenience for those of us who are tablet averse. It is now far from uncommon for adults to have a tricky time getting off to the land of nod, with over a third of adults in the US struggling with their sleep according to the CDC.
We all know the devastating effects that a lack of sleep can have on our minds, bodies and overall happiness. Our melatonin gummies are scientifically formulated to help you get off to sleep and create bodily harmony – but what happens if you take too much melatonin?
Firstly, who can take melatonin supplements?
Melatonin is a natural chemical that is produced by your body when the evening starts to draw in and the sunlight starts to fade, and on the flipside of this, when the sun starts to rise in the morning, peeking through the curtains, your melatonin levels will naturally start to lower.
Melatonin is secreted from the pineal gland in the brain, creating a natural sedative that softens your responses and makes you feel sleepy, which tends to peak in secretion around 2am to 4am. For those who are struggling to sleep, or whose sleep cycle has been disrupted, melatonin gummies can really be a life-saver to realign the sleep cycle and set it on the restore bodily harmony.
Examples of people who are commonly affected by lack of melatonin:
- Jetsetters: Jetlag disrupts our circadian rhythm, throwing our normal sleep cycle into disarray.
- Night shift workers: Those who work nights and very early mornings may struggle to sleep when it is light outside leading to sleep deprivation – not particularly fun.
- Insomniacs: Many of us may encounter times in our lives where we suffer from an inability to fall asleep (sometimes due to stress or other factors), or from waking and being unable to fall back asleep.
- DSPD (delayed sleep phase disorder): Trouble falling asleep when you go to bed, and finding that you are lying awake in wait of sweet sleep that comes much later than planned, meaning the mornings are a real struggle.
So, is it possible to take too much melatonin, even if I’m very sleep deprived?
It is possible to take too much melatonin, which especially tends to affect children, so make sure that you store your gummies far and away from them (our gummies contain 3mg of melatonin per gummy, and children with sleep disorders should only be taking around 1mg of melatonin). The side effects are usually quite mild, including nausea and sleepiness during the day.
Taking 1-2 gummies a couple of hours before bedtime will help to ensure that you don’t take too much melatonin. Try to take only 1 gummy for a few days to understand your body’s needs, and then increase to 2 gummies if it is necessary. We also recommend to take a holistic approach to your healthcare needs, so consider trying the gummies in conjunction with our super-relaxing Reposé eucalyptus and lavender steamer before bed, and our Reposé self-heating eye mask.