Are you sleeping well… or just trying to stay awake with caffeine and energy drinks? According to The National Sleep Foundation, it should take 15 to 20 minutes to fall asleep. Then, after falling asleep, a sleeper should typically move through four stages: one, two, three, and REM, or rapid eye movement sleep. Each stage of this cycle should last between five to fifteen minutes, completing in approximately 90 minutes, before it starts all over again. A key hormone in regulating this natural sleep cycle is Melatonin.
Produced and secreted by the pineal gland, Melatonin levels rise and fall following twilight and sunrise, with levels going up around 9 p.m., peaking during the night and staying high until dawn, finally dropping off around 9 a.m. During the day, Melatonin hormone levels are almost non-existent. Instead, other stimulating hormones, like cortisol, take over to keep us actively moving through the day.
Sleep deprivation as a result of working night-shifts, jet-lag, trouble falling asleep (delayed sleep phase syndrome), broken sleep, or insomnia affects the ability to fully function during the day. Sleep deprivation symptoms may include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Micro-sleeps while being awake (falling asleep while driving)
- Inability to think or react clearly
- Mood changes
In addition, research published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shown that lack of sleep contributes to numerous health problems, “not getting enough sleep, or getting poor-quality sleep, increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.” (1)
Sleep prescriptions and over-the-counter products are effective, however, side effects from regular use can include daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, and dizziness. Additionally, some medications may gradually cause memory problems. The use of Melatonin supplements has been shown to synchronize the body clock, or circadian rhythm, improving the time it takes to fall asleep and contributing to deeper, restful sleep periods.
Melatonin offers an alternative treatment to the currently available pharmaceutical and over-the-counter products for sleep problems with significantly fewer side effects. Murphy’s Natural Hemp Sleep Tincture contains the perfect combination of compounds that will assist you in getting a good night’s sleep. In addition, because of the water-soluble properties of Murphy’s Natural Hemp, lower dosages of the tincture will provide the same effects as products that are not water-based. This video proves the vast difference between our water-based tinctures and other oil-based or water-soluble tinctures.