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Should I Take a Sleeping Vitamin?

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Need more sleep? According to statistics, about half of all Americans admit to feeling tired throughout the day. Yet, at the same time, over 35% of adults report getting less than the recommended seven hours of undisturbed sleep per night.

The result?

Exhaustion, an inability to focus, and moodiness. But feeling cranky is the least of our worries when not getting enough sleep. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can also exacerbate an imbalance in hormone production, resulting in low testosterone (low T) symptoms. 

Causes for why men don’t get enough sleep range from stress at work, anxiety at home, not getting enough exercise, too much caffeine consumption, and Low T. That’s right! Low T can cause men to experience sleep deprivation, while a lack of sleep can lead to hormonal imbalance.

So, What Are Men’s Options?

Step one is identifying the underlying issues that are causing you to lose sleep. At EveresT Men’s Health, we offer comprehensive medical exams that allow us to investigate your current hormonal and other laboratory deficiencies. The results enable us to create a personalized health program that addresses the root cause of your sleep deprivation so you can proactively treat it.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Testosterone replacement (when appropriate)

  • Exercise prescription

  • Nutritional guidance

  • Vitamin and natural supplementation

Best Sleeping Vitamin for Men

Men often ask us which vitamins help with deep sleep. Melatonin is likely one you are familiar with, yet you may be unaware of what it does.

Our brains produce melatonin regularly in response to darkness. It alerts your body that it’s time to sleep. Think of it as an internal clock that winds down at night. However, when we stream videos, read on our smartphones, or expose ourselves to specific household lighting before bed, we disrupt melatonin production, making it difficult to fall asleep.

Therefore, avoiding those behaviors before going to sleep is essential to allow your melatonin to release naturally. Even so, some men find that taking melatonin dietary supplements aids in regulating their sleep cycles.

How Fast Does Melatonin Work?

Though every person is different and will respond to vitamins and supplements individually, melatonin takes up to an hour to digest on average. It typically stays in the body for between 4 to 10 hours.

It’s important to remember that your body naturally releases this hormone, so taking too much melatonin as a dietary supplement may disrupt your sleeping patterns and cause a hormonal imbalance. Therefore, meeting with a men’s health professional to review your current health and wellness goals and decide on the right melatonin dosage is essential.

Substitutes for Melatonin

Alternatives for melatonin may include:

  • L-theanine: Found in tea and specific mushrooms, L-theanine may help regulate certain chemicals in the brain that affect melatonin production.

  • Glycine: Glycine is an amino acid that may improve REM sleep and reduce the feeling of tiredness during daytime hours. 

  • Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral that supports nerve and muscle function. It may help increase relaxation and decrease feelings of anxiety that keep you from falling asleep.

Looking for Vitamins to Help You Sleep

Finding the best vitamin and natural supplements regimen is a personal journey, but one you should not go at alone. At EveresT, we offer professional services and guidance on a variety of men’s health issues. 

Together, we’ll design a custom program that allows you to improve sleep, increase energy during the day, and stay focused.

To get started, schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations today and start enjoying a healthier sleep!