Last week I posted an impromptu series on Ten Free Ways to Improve Sleep (part one and part two) with additional thoughts on the finance of sleep loss. J.D. continued the thread on Get Rich Slowly with A Brief Guide to Better Sleep. J.D. mentions the circadian rhythm, which is genetically imprinted in humans to produce sleep hormones, melatonin, on a twenty-five hour cycle.
Speaking of melatonin, J.D. also suggests that those with sleeping problem purchase over the counter melatonin to use as a supplement to encourage sleep. Since this hormone isn’t regulated by the FDA, you never know what you’re going to get. It’s probably not dangerous, but the efficacy of the supplements is disputed.
Bright lights at night delay the natural production of melatonin in the body. If you want to fall asleep easier, stop staring at the computer monitor when you should be in bed. Some day, I might take my own advice.
Updated August 9, 2011 and originally published May 9, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.