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Can Melatonin and 5-HTP Improve Your Sleep?

Melatonin Levels

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  • Melatonin significantly reduced or prevented jet lag when taken close to the target bedtime at the destination
  • Melatonin may decrease the time it takes to fall asleep and improve total sleep time and quality
  • Your body produces 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) from the amino acid tryptophan
  • 5-HTP works in your brain and central nervous system by promoting the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, and thereby may help boost mood and enhance sleep

By Dr. Mercola

An estimated 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived, according to the documentary "Sleepless in America," with many getting less than five hours of sleep per night.


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