Trouble Sleeping? This Supplement Can Help!

June 13, 2018

By Anna Varriano

Getting a good night’s sleep is a major foundation of supporting mental, emotional, and physical health; but unfortunately, lack of sleep seems to be a significant issue with so many people.

In a blog I wrote several years ago, I shared some practical, natural tips that can help to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.

In this blog, I am shining the spotlight on a natural supplement that is often associated with promoting sleep. Whether or not you’ve tried it before, and whether or not it worked for you, please keep reading, because not all supplements are created equal … what else is in the supplement, the dosage, when it is taken, and how it is taken can all make a difference in whether or not it will work for you. The supplement I’m talking about is melatonin.

What Is It And What Does It Do?

Melatonin is a natural hormone that is secreted by a tiny gland nestled deep within your brain – the pineal gland. The pineal gland is often referred to as the ‘biological time keeper’. Its most recognized function is that it maintains your body’s circadian rhythm – your body’s built in clock that regulates your sleep and awake cycles, your eating patterns, and many other physiological processes in your body. This built in clock is affected by many things, including sunlight, temperature, lifestyle patterns, and hormones.

One of melatonin’s main functions is to maintain your body’s circadian rhythm by playing a role in the biological regulation of sleep. It also buffers cortisol – your body’s main stress hormone, which is often chronically high for many individuals dealing with so many daily stressors. Unfortunately, your melatonin levels drop as you age, typically around age 40. This is significant because the functions of melatonin go far beyond getting a good night’s sleep. Melatonin also helps to protect you against certain infections, reduces symptoms of menopause, and protects your brain function as you age.

A melatonin product that I have recently started stocking is Melatonin-B6/Mg – a new product from Biotics Research Canada. In addition to melatonin, this product also delivers:

  • Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 plays a critical role in the formation of dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine – neurotransmitters that are involved in regulating your sleep, your wakefulness, your mood, how your body responds to stress, and much more.
    Magnesium: Magnesium is involved in hundreds of processes in your body. It can also affect your sleep quality, including helping to increase your total sleep time, reducing the time it takes you to fall asleep, and and re-setting your body’s sleep-wake cycle (which is also helpful to manage jet lag!).

What You Need To Keep In Mind

Remember, in addition to what’s in a supplement, dosage is also important. Recent research suggests that lower doses of melatonin (e.g. 0.3 – 1.0 mg) can be more effective than the typical dose of 3 mg found in most supplements . Also, the timing of taking melatonin can make a big difference in how it will work for you. Everyone is different, so you should work with a health care professional (like me!) to figure out what will be best for you.

To learn more about the many ways melatonin can benefit you, and how it is being used to treat various health issues, watch this great video entitled “The Power of Melatonin”.

How You Can Get Some Melatonin-B6/Mg

To order your bottle of Melatonin-B6/Mg, please email me at, with the subject line MELATONIN and I’ll confirm one is put aside for you for pick up at the Marshall Health Clinic (2605 Carling Avenue) OR if you live in Canada, I can have the product shipped directly to your home (note there will be a $5.00 shipping fee). As of June 2018, the price of a 60 tablet bottle is $30 + HST (price subject to change).

Take control of what you can, and here’s to a good night sleep!

Caution: Melatonin is often not recommended for pregnant women.


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