Last updated: May 15, 2014

Improve Sleep With Melatonin



When I was growing up, I’d stay up as late as possible (2-3 A.M. on school nights, 6-7 A.M. on weekends) to play World of Warcraft.  That was when I was a fat little fucker.  When I started college, I’d hang out until the wee hours of the morning with sluts girls in my dorm hall.  Eventually, I started kicking this terrible habit, and getting to bed by 11:00 P.M. so I could hit the gym early in the morning.  Since then, I have made a commitment to improve sleep on a consistent basis.

There’s a major problem with that though.  I am by far most productive at night.  I prefer the gym in the morning, but any writing, side hustles, etc, I only do well with at night.  I’m not willing to get up before work to do these things, so they suffer unless I stay up and get some work done.  The problem is, then the gym suffers.

Do You Get Enough Sleep?

You probably don’t – especially with today’s shitty forty hour workweek.  There is simply no winning, you suffer in some way or another, whether it be your health, your projects, sleep or your social life.  But why the hell should you have to sacrifice?  If you’re reading this, you have taken the red pill.  You know the odds are stacked against you.  You know that as a man, it’s your choice – no, it’s your obligation to smash past the obstacles.

So what do you do?

Improve Sleep With Melatonin

Melatonin is a magic drug that does several things.  Firstly, it makes you fall asleep quickly, and in a “nicer” way than traditional sleeping pills.  Rather than sleeping pills, which tend to just make you feel groggy, and hallucinate if you fight them, melatonin kind of puts a relaxing calm over you.  It feels like a small high.  Your sleep will improve if you fall asleep quickly, rather than tossing and turning for hours.

Secondly, melatonin simply improves your sleep.  I feel much more refreshed about a six hour sleep on melatonin than eight hours of sleep (pre-melatonin, my sweet spot seemed to be at about 7 hours).  Sleep studies show that REM sleep is most important, so if you are in a deeper sleep and able to stay more solidly in REM cycles, you will feel better.

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So then, what is melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement.

Melatonin Is Natural

Melatonin is a natural chemical your body produces on it’s own.  Taking a supplement is exactly that – supplementing your body’s natural supply of melatonin, which can drastically improve sleep.  The WebMD article I already linked does a good job of explaining it:

Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.

Light affects how much melatonin your body produces. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression.

How Much Does It Cost To Improve Sleep?

Here’s the real kicker – you can improve sleep by taking one pill which will cost you less than a quarter a day.  I personally just bought a new bottle of melatonin tonight – $7.95 for 120 pills.

Think about it in cost of your time.  As I already said, I seem to function well off of six hours of sleep with melatonin.  Without it, seven hours is about what I need.  So, I gain one hour of time – and we all know time is the most valuable thing.  Let’s say I use that extra hour to get to my day job half an hour early, where I make $40/hour (theoretically) – meaning I’d get paid $20 for showing up a bit early.  It’s easy to recoup the cost of the drug itself

So really, what are you waiting for?  Start taking back your time by improving sleep.

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    1. I have not. Though, I have noticed that if I ignore my alarm and go back to sleep for an hour, then I’m REALLY fucked. Admittedly, I haven’t tested this on/off melatonin to confirm.

      1. It goes one of two ways for me. When I wake up without an alarm, I’ve usually slept 9 hours and I feel ready to kick ass. But if I get woken up early (alarm, girlfriend etc) I feel like a zombie until it’s out of my system.

  1. Melatonin worked a treat for a few weeks until I started having vivid nightmares.
    I stopped taking it since my natural sleep patterns have returned.

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