At Veeva, we get asked the question about the use of Melatonin so frequently that we decided to write about it. Melatonin is a hormone made by our pineal gland in the brain which gets activated by the rising and setting of the sun. It’s known to help with regulating our sleep-wake cycle, preventing jet-lag and adjusting to shift work. Without this important hormone, we would fail to thrive.
So why did our team of scientific advisors choose NOT to use Melatonin in our Sleep Formula? There are a variety of reasons for this decision.
1) Synthetic and Animal Sources
In an over-the-counter supplement form, Melatonin is primarily made synthetically. Naturally sourced Melatonin would have to be extracted from the brain of an animal. Veeva’s products are all free of animal ingredients, so Melatonin would be out of the question.
2) Deficiencies and Side Effects
Not everyone is deficient in Melatonin, so taking it when the body does not require it could cause a variety of undesirable effects. People report feelings of irritability, anxiety, headaches, poor vision, disorientation and even mild symptoms of depression. Health Canada also has a long list of cautions and contraindications when it comes to the use of Melatonin. At Veeva, we try our hardest to choose ingredients with the least amount of negative side effects.
3) Waking-up Refreshed
Common complaints from frequent Melatonin users are the feelings of being groggy the next day as well as daytime tiredness and reduced alertness. Clearly counterproductive when the ultimate goal is good health.
Many people report having to keep increasing the amount of Melatonin that they take as their body starts to develop a tolerance to it. Taking too much Melatonin can actually create the opposite desired effect, causing insomnia and sleeplessness. This is not what we at Veeva want for our clients.
Veeva Sleep Formula was created to target three main concerns; to help an individual fall asleep, stay asleep and have a deep sleep so they can reach a deep relaxed state where the body can repair and heal. The goal is to wake-up refreshed, re-charged and ready for another day of good health.
Veeva Sleep Formula was carefully formulated using only naturally sourced ingredients that have stood the test of time with the least amount of side effects.