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Although staying healthy means eating the right foods and exercising, there are many other factors that play a role in your health. Sleep is especially crucial for your health and good sleep is necessary to keep you energized and for the day ahead. Unfortunately, about half of all Americans have reported feeling sleepy during the day at least three and up to seven days each week. 

While you be tired due to strenuous activity, sleep deprivation can also explain the drowsiness you may feel during the day. This is only in addition to a plethora of health problems that have been linked to poor sleep habits. Clearly, good sleep is foundational for your health, but you probably aren’t getting enough of it. Fortunately, there are many researchers and scientists who have tried to come up with ways to combat sleep issues.

What Can You Do About Lack Of Quality Sleep?

One novel option is from a company called MitoZen, which recently created SandMan, a deep sleep suppository. SandMan aims to aid in a deep sleep through high doses of melatonin, as well as the antioxidant glutathione. “Our melatonin products are considered super physiological doses. There is a lot of misconception out there about melatonin and that there is a danger in taking high doses,” says Dr. John Lieurance, ND, DC, chief Scientific Advisor at MitoZen.

SandMan contains 250 mg of glutathione; 200 mg of melatonin; terpenes; a proprietary blend of SandMan Complex (CBD from whole plant hemp extract and magnolia); and their proprietary AP0-808™ probiotic strain, all put together to aid in deep relaxation, supporting a healthier brain and body.

Melatonin is well-known as a hormone that rises before we fall asleep. But it does more than just that. “Melatonin is produced by every cell in the body, particularly the mitochondria, which is where you make energy,” says Dr. Lieurance.

In addition, research has shown the importance of melatonin and its ability to get rid of free radicals. Scientists discovered that for every molecule of melatonin, 10 free radicals are neutralized.

Alternatives To Orally Taking Melatonin

You may be used to taking your melatonin as a gummy. Absorption rates studies show that melatonin isn’t usually absorbed very well when it is ingested orally. Everything, when administered orally, is absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract. Then it makes its way through the liver (first pass metabolism), where metabolism begins to break things down. But SandMan is a  proprietary blend suppository.

Suppositories, just like other routes of administration including intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), and transdermal methods, bypass this first-pass metabolism effect. They are absorbed into rectal veins without encountering liver metabolism breakdown. Fortunately, the rectum is filled with blood vessels that offer direct access to the body’s bloodstream. This allows for rapid access and circulation throughout the body.

But Will It Leave Me Tired?

The SandMan suppository may be beneficial if you have a hard time sleeping. This suppository provides a slow release of melatonin for better sleep and increased absorption compared to oral administration. Instead of waiting hours to fall asleep, this suppository takes about five minutes to produce its effects. The slow-release technology allows melatonin to be released over seven hours. The effects could be game-changing for individuals who need help sleeping. 

Slow Release

You might be wondering if the slow release of melatonin might leave you oversleeping in the morning, or feeling sleepy during the day. However, results from research studies have found that individuals who have taken SandMan are sleeping through the night, rather than waking up really early in the morning and not being able to fall back asleep. “High doses of melatonin can work great to get deep restorative sleep. Heart rate variability can improve and there can be improvements in so many aspects of health,” says Dr. Lieurance.

There are lots of ways to aid in your sleep habits. Having a comfortable sleeping environment, avoiding screens too close to bedtime, and eating right support restful sleep. Supplements, like SandMan, can also help by giving you a slow and steady release of melatonin that will last throughout the night.

Dr. Nicole Avena

Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet, and addiction, with a special focus on nutrition during early life and pregnancy. She has written several books, including the bestseller, What to Eat When You’re Pregnant, What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler, and What to Eat When You Want to Get Pregnant. She has a popular TED-Ed talk, with over 11 million views, How Sugar Affects The Brain. Dr. Avena regularly appears as a science expert in the media.

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