For a couple months, I was struggling with getting a good nights sleep. I would find my mind racing at night, reminding me of all the upcoming things that I needed to get done. My body would be tired, yearning for sleep, but my mind would be going a million miles an hour. When I finally would fall asleep, I would wake up every couple of hours, look at the clock, get frustrated, roll over, fall back asleep again, then wake up again shortly and repeat this cycle many times throughout the night.
Have you been there? I would venture to say that all of us have experienced this at one time or anther.
The next day I would feel the consequences of not getting a solid nights rest: sluggish, irritable, apathetic. I would come home from classes, eat, take a nap, then begrudgingly force myself to go to the gym- which often times than not, would lead to a less proactive gym sesh than when I would occasionally get a good nights sleep.
Not being able to fall asleep and/or stay asleep can be a result of several factors: caffeine, stress, anxiety, depression, other health reasons, etc.
I have found, like many college students, that taking a small dose of melatonin
an hour before bedtime has helped tremendously with falling and staying asleep.
Now, you don’t have to look very hard online to find controversial opinions regarding if melatonin is safe. Let me furthermore say, I am not claiming to be an expert or diagnose you. I am merely trying to share my experience with sleep, and how I have found a supplement that has aided me greatly. Personally, I haven’t experienced any side effects- like morning grogginess. In fact, in the morning I feel more awake and alert after sleeping so well. I do however experience extremely vivid dreams, and have heard from my fellow friends that they have experienced this effect as well.
I have also found cutting back on caffeine to help as well, of course. Since doing so, I have found it easier to fall and stay asleep- but there are times where a small dose of melatonin further helps.
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