Back in high school, I used to lie in bed every night until 1 or 2 in the morning, which would result in a long day and daily after school naps. My mind is always racing in the evenings (as I would consider myself a night person), and it’s always a challenge to fall asleep. My first solution was to listen to music, but that just made things worse, as it got me excited and more awake.
When I moved to college, I was having the same problems, but I found that whenever I left my laptop on streaming South Park or some other cartoon, I would fall asleep usually before the episode’s end. This has always been my method for sleeping (I still stream TV on my computer every night), but I still have nights when I’m too wired to even try to go to bed.
Sleep Better Naturally
When I started experimenting with supplements, I found out about all the different things that people take to fall asleep. I don’t have crazy sleeping problems (if you do, you should probably see a doctor instead of trying to self-medicate) so I wanted to stay away from some of the shadier products. Even commercials of couples being able to finally “sleep like a baby” scared me. The idea of taking some foreign substance to fall asleep is a weird thing. That’s until I discovered Melatonin and all of its benefits.
Melatonin is naturally-occurring in the brain, which is always a good thing. It’s what our brain produces/releases when we start to feel tired (as part of our sleep cycle). When I found out melatonin exists in pill form, I bought some to try. Every time I take a pill (5mg), I know that I’ll likely be in bed within the next half-hour. As long as I don’t go for a jog or wash my face, the drowsiness will overcome and dominate me, putting me into a gentle sleep.
One curious thing about melatonin from what I’ve learned is that less is more. I was reading a lucid-dreaming forum the other day, and someone stated they took 20 melatonin capsules to induce a deep sleep. I’ve never tried taking anything close to that amount, but the smaller the dose, the better off you’ll be. When I take two or three pills, I’m still able to fall asleep, but I find myself much groggier in the morning. When I take half a pill, or just one pill, I sleep the same, but wake up normally. If you decide to try melatonin supplements, you should test this for yourself, and find your “sweet spot”. You can browse around here for more info.