According to Dr. Mercola, researchers have learned that circadian rhythms—the 24-hour cycles known as your internal body clock—are involved in everything from sleep to weight gain, mood disorders, and a variety of diseases. Your body actually has many internal clocks—in your brain, lungs, liver, heart and even your skeletal muscles—and they all work to keep your body running smoothly by controlling temperature and the release of hormones.
And, sleeping pills are not the answer! At best, they’re ineffective. At worst, they can be dangerous. Over-the-counter sleep-aids do not help significantly and money spent on authentic solutions, like installing black-out drapes in your bedroom, may actually make it easier to get a good night’s rest naturally. If anything, he suggests taking a melatonin supplement, which will help boost sleepiness. It’s is a completely natural substance, made by your body, and has many health benefits in addition to sleep. Typically only need a very minute amount is needed. Taking higher doses, such as 3 mg, can sometimes have the reverse effect.