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Sleep Patches to The Rescue – How to Help Cross the Sleep Threshold

By |2020-02-19T01:11:58-08:00November 19, 2018|Sleep Starter Patch|

Taking menopause supplements is an increasingly popular alternative to hormone therapy. For women who experience troublesome menopause symptoms, adjusting their nutrient intake may help to rebalance hormone levels naturally. Although you may not think that hot flashes and night sweats are related to nutrition, there’s an interesting link between the hormones that cause them and your diet. In this article, we look at some common menopause symptoms along with supplements that can treat them effectively.

Symptoms of Poor-Quality Sleep

People can suffer from poor quality sleep for multiple reasons. Not only does it leave you feeling tired but it can also increase the likelihood of making mistakes at work or having an accident. Here are the most common symptoms:

  • finding it difficult to get to sleep
  • lying awake during the night
  • waking up multiple times throughout the night
  • waking up early and being unable to get back to sleep
  • still feeling tired after you’ve woken up
  • finding it difficult to nap in the day even when you’re feeling tired
  • feeling tired or irritable in the daytime
  • finding it hard to concentrate or focus in the day because you feel tired

It’s common to experience these symptoms if you work an unusual shift pattern or travel internationally and experience jet lag. Problems sleeping can also be linked with anxiety so it’s important to seek advice from a medical professional if you think this may be the case.

What to Look for In Effective Sleep Patches

There are several naturally occurring compounds that have been shown to improve sleep. Top of the list should be melatonin which is the main hormone involved in falling asleep. However, there are also other ingredients to look out for that can help you get a good night of rest. In this section, we look at the evidence behind the most effective nutrients in sleep patches.


Melatonin is a hormone that triggers your body to wind down so you can fall asleep. It’s also involved in ensuring that you stay asleep which is crucial to good quality rest. If you have healthy levels of melatonin, then it’s likely that you’ll find it easy to sleep throughout the night. But if your levels are low or disrupted, then it’ll be difficult for your body to switch off.

Our bodies produce melatonin as it gets dark which initiates the sleep cycle for that night. As the hormone levels increase, we begin feeling less alert and the core temperature of our body drops. This causes us to start feeling drowsy so we’re inclined to head to bed and fall asleep. But if our melatonin production is out of synch, then our natural sleep cycle doesn’t get triggered at the right time. Sleep patches that contain melatonin will give your hormone levels a boost so that you feel tired and stay asleep throughout the night.


Magnesium is a micronutrient that’s crucial for our all-around health. It’s involved in regulating blood pressure, muscle function, and the formation of bone, proteins, and DNA. It also contributes to nerve function and can therefore support the process of relaxation.

Magnesium helps to activate the parasynthetic nervous system which is what helps you wind down at the end of the day. It regulates neurotransmitters involved in the system as well as the release of melatonin. A clinical trial involving older adults found that magnesium supplementation was beneficial for improving sleep quality. Participants were given a daily dose of 500mg magnesium or a placebo for 8 weeks and recorded several aspects of their sleep patterns. The magnesium group slept for longer, had better quality sleep, and higher melatonin levels than the placebo participants. This shows that magnesium not only aids sleep but also supports the function of other hormonal contributors.

Valerian Root

Valerian root has been used to treat insomnia for centuries. It’s a herbal remedy that functions similarly to pharmaceutical sedatives. This allows your brain to relax and switch off so that you’re able to get a peaceful night’s sleep.

Research shows that valerian root can make it easier to fall asleep, with study participants nodding off 15-20 minutes faster than those who took nothing. It can also improve your sleep quality too, so you feel more rejuvenated even if you don’t sleep for longer.


Although primarily known as an ingredient in beer, hops is also an effective herbal remedy for sleep issues. Taking hops before bed can increase GABA levels in the brain which reduces the activity of neurons. This results in you feeling calmer and relaxed so that it’s easier to nod off.

High levels of GABA have also been shown to promote better quality sleep throughout the night. It increases the amount of time you spend in ‘rapid eye movement’ or REM sleep, which is the most restorative stage of the sleep cycle. It also mimics one of the body’s natural sleep signals by decreasing its core temperature. This makes your system think that it’s time to wind down so that you naturally start to feel more drowsy.


5-HTP is short for short for ‘5-Hydroxytryptophan’ which can support the production of sleep hormones. Our body makes it naturally from the amino acids that come from eating protein. It’s needed to make melatonin which we’ve already discussed as a crucial contributor to sleep. Without enough 5-HTP, your body won’t have the building blocks to manufacture sufficient sleep hormones.

Research has shown that taking a 5-HTP supplement can increase the quality of your sleep. One study found that it boosted the amount of time spent in high-quality ‘REM’ sleep so that you feel more rested in the morning. It’s also been used as an effective insomnia treatment, as well as depression, headaches, and binge eating-related obesity.

Get a Good Night’s Rest with Our Sleep Patches

The Sleep Starter Topical Patch helps to promote a restful night’s sleep thanks to its 5mg dose of melatonin, along with magnesium, valerian root, hops extract, and 5-HTP (Griffonia Simplicifolia). Check out our 5* reviews to see how others have benefited or try them risk-free thanks to the money back guarantee.

5-HTP – Your Comprehensive Guide on this Prized Amino Acid

By |2020-02-19T00:02:42-08:00May 21, 2018|Sleep Starter Patch|

5-HTP (short for 5-hydroxytryptophan) is a type of amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin. These are important chemicals in the brain which are linked to sleep, mood, and pain. By increasing our intake of 5-HTP we can also boost our levels of these chemical hormones.

Amino acids are the building blocks of numerous structures within the body, from enzymes to hormones and everything in between. In the body, 5-HTP is made from tryptophan which we get from our food. It can also be extracted from the ‘Griffonia Simplicifolia’ shrub which is native to Africa.

In this article, we review the health benefits of 5-HTP, including its influence on sleep, depression, anxiety, weight loss, and numerous other areas of our lives. We also break down some of the science behind how it works and whether it’s necessary to supplement as part of a healthy diet.

What’s the Difference Between 5-HTP and Tryptophan?

The difference between 5-HTP and tryptophan often causes confusion. Tryptophan is one of the nine ‘essential’ amino acids that the body can’t make for itself. However, 5-HTP is a different form of tryptophan as it has a slightly changed chemical structure. When your body absorbs tryptophan, enzymes set up about converting it into 5-HTP. From there, more enzymes turn 5-HTP into serotonin, and then from serotonin to melatonin.

So, why wouldn’t you just take tryptophan instead of 5-HTP? After all, there are lots of dietary sources of tryptophan that make it easy to consume, including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and seeds. But like most things related to nutrition, it’s not as simple as just eating it. Eating more tryptophan-rich foods does not lead to an increase of 5-HTP in the body. Some people don’t have the necessary enzymes that convert tryptophan into 5-HTP. This means that they can’t metabolize it, no matter how much they consume. Even if you have these enzymes, they act as a bottleneck and limit the speed at which your body can convert tryptophan into 5-HTP, serotonin, and melatonin.

Another key difference is that 5-HTP can only be converted into serotonin. This means that if you supplement with it, you’re much more likely to increase serotonin levels since it can’t be turned into anything else. Tryptophan, however, can be converted into a number of different products such as vitamin B6 (also known as niacin). So, by supplementing with this form, you’re not necessarily helping your serotonin production. If that’s your goal, then 5-HTP is the better option.

When it comes to crossing the blood-brain barrier, 5-HTP has less competition than tryptophan. Only specific receptors can help to transport the latter across, which are also used by other amino acids like leucine, isoleucine, valine, and tyrosine. In contrast, 5-HTP doesn’t even need transport receptors to cross the blood-brain barrier, let alone share them with anything else. This means it’s always front of the queue and ensures it’s quickly absorbed.

Health Benefits of 5-HTP

Scientific research studies have found several health benefits to 5-hydroxytryptophan. The reported positive effects of 5-HTP include reducing sleep disorders, weight loss, depression, anxiety, and Parkinson’s disease. In this section, we dive a little deeper into each of these topics.


Some sleep disorders can be caused by a genetic mutation causing low serotonin levels. People with this gene mutation tend to have trouble maintaining their circadian rhythm. Studies have found that supplementing with 5-HTP can help to restore the natural circadian rhythm which promotes good quality sleep. This is one of the reasons that 5-HTP is included in our Sleep Starter Topical Patch.

Long-term supplementation can increase the number of GABA receptors which further aids the natural sleep cycle and encourages a good night’s rest. Although the clinical trials have been fairly small-scale up until now, they show consistent and promising results for further exploration.

Weight Loss

Anyone who has tried to lose weight will know the role that carbohydrates play. Although they’re often demonized in the media, they are an important component of a healthy and balanced diet. They supply our muscles and brain with energy which we need for daily life. Unfortunately, they’re also a key component of most ‘comfort foods’.

Consuming carbohydrates like bread and pasta can increase the serotonin levels in the brain. However, these levels can drop if we cut carbohydrates in an attempt to reduce calories and lose weight. Supplementing with 5-HTP can protect you against this serotonin decrease so that you crave carbohydrates less. This can reduce your overall appetite and help support your weight loss efforts.

Some research studies have evaluated the effect of 5-HTP supplementation on obese women. They found that their food intake decreased, and participants lost weight, yet didn’t experience any decrease in mood (which is often associated with dieting).

Another study with diabetic patients found similar results. Half of the participants were given 5-HTP and half weren’t, but both groups could eat whatever they wanted. After two weeks, the 5-HTP group showed a lower intake of carbohydrates, fat, and overall calories. This group had also lost weight, in addition to reducing blood sugar and insulin levels.


Clinical trials have found that 5-HTP can help to alleviate depression, however, the research is still in its early stages. Multiple studies have shown that taking doses of 150-3000mg per day for 2-4 weeks can reduce the symptoms of depression. One study found that 5-HTP may be comparable to some antidepressants in terms of its effect which may offer promise on the future.

5-HTP has been found to work well when combined with a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These SSRIs are commonly used in the treatment of depression (along with anxiety). A small research study found that when participants were given 5-HTP or an antidepressant, their serotonin levels increased by 35% and 100% respectively. However, when they were given a combination of 5-HTP and antidepressants together, their serotonin increased by an incredible 500%! However, larger scale and higher quality studies are needed to provide more evidence regarding its safety and effectiveness for this use.


5-HTP also shows promising benefits for people who suffer from anxiety or experience panic attacks. A study on young adults with anxiety found that taking 5-HTP decreased their anxious feelings within just three weeks. Their levels of serotonin and neurotrophic factor had been increased which is thought to be the mechanism behind it.

As well as anxiety, some panic attacks or panic disorders are brought on by low serotonin availability to the brain. Research has found that people suffering from panic attacks on a chronic basis were helped by supplementing with 200mg of 5-HTP.

GABA is also related to anxiety. Scientific studies have shown that 5_HTP herbal extracts can increase GABA levels which aid feelings of relaxation and reduces anxious feelings.

Migraines & Tension Headaches

There is some evidence to show that 5-HTP may help to prevent or treat migraines and tension-related headaches. Some studies have shown that it is as effective as prescription drugs, whereas others have not shown it to have much effect at all.


Research is currently underway to assess whether 5-HTP is beneficial for people with fibromyalgia. Results from early studies have suggested that taking 100mg doses for 1-3 months can improve some of the symptoms. These include fatigue, anxiety, tenderness, pain, and stiffness in the morning.

Premenstrual symptoms (PMS)

It’s thought that around 30% of women suffer from premenstrual symptoms. Several studies have found that the serotonin-increasing effects of 5-HTP may help to alleviate PMS. The boost in serotonin appeared to help combat feelings of low or negative mood, as well as regulating sleep.

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

It’s estimated that 75% of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cases are related to genetics. The ADHD gene affects neurotransmitter serotonin pathways and receptors as well as dopamine. This means that the system works differently in people with this disorder which can cause symptoms such as impulsivity, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity.

5-HTP supplements can increase serotonin levels in the brain which then bind to the various receptors in the brain. These receptors also regulate the activity of dopamine, so by increasing serotonin you may also positively impact dopamine and reduce ADHD symptoms. However, although there is lots of anecdotal evidence to support this theory, much more research is needed to explore whether it’s truly effective.

Parkinson’s Disease

Treating Parkinson’s disease with 5-HTP has produced mixed results. Initial research found that taking a dose of 100-150 mg in addition to conventional drugs had a decreasing effect on shaking. However, it appears that these benefits only last for 5 months, after which the symptoms return. In addition, taking 5-HTP at high doses (275-1500 mg per day) has been linked to worsened symptoms.

Does 5-HTP Supplementation Have Any Side Effects?

Everyone is different, so we each react to nutrients in different ways. What gives some people headaches will be perfectly fine for others, so the most important thing is to listen to your own body. Try new supplements and see how you feel after a few days – only you can judge your own reactions.

Some people have reported the following side effects of 5-HTP in rare instances;

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Light-headedness
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations

Increasing your serotonin levels can affect the control of gut movement, which is why 5-HTP and SSRI antidepressants may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. This is the case for anything that increases your serotonin levels and is not unique to supplementation. However, this may be another area where patches are more beneficial than oral dietary supplements. A surge of serotonin isn’t always well-tolerated by the body, which is why nausea can occur. But patches allow for the slow release of 5-HTP which is much less likely to cause such side effects.

What About Serotonin Syndrome?

Exceptionally high levels of serotonin can lead to a very serious and life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome. Serious symptoms can include fever, hallucination, and high blood pressure, whereas milder symptoms include sweating, shivering, and restless limbs. SSRI and other anti-depressants have been linked to serotonin syndrome, but there is no evidence to suggest a link with 5-HTP. In relation to serotonin syndrome specifically, the natural 5-HTP may be a better option than chemically manufactured drugs.

5-HTP – Summary Overview

5-HTP shows promising results in scientific studies that relate to multiple areas of our health. It’s linked to better sleep as it helps to boost serotonin which regulates our circadian rhythm. Good quality sleep is vital for our all-around health as it allows the body to relax and rejuvenate overnight.

It’s also been linked to positive weight loss results, as it curbs cravings for carbohydrate and reduces overall calorie intake. If you’re looking for a little support on your weight loss journey then 5-HTP may help to reduce your appetite and the likelihood of temptation.

The serotonin-boosting effects of 5-HTP seem to be especially beneficial for depression and anxiety. In combination with antidepressants and under the guidance of a medical professional, it may offer an even more effective alternative to drugs alone.

There is less evidence to support its use in the treatment of migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and PMS. Although initial results are promising, much more research is needed before firm conclusions can be drawn. The same is true of its links with ADHD and Parkinson’s disease, although research is currently underway to shed more light on the possible benefits and treatment methods.

If you’re interested in increasing your 5-HTP intake, then consuming more tryptophan is unlikely to help. Because of the way this amino acid is metabolized, enzymes limit the amount you can convert into 5-HTP (even if you’re digesting lots). In this case, you’re better off looking at supplement options to boost your 5-HTP levels and experience the associated health benefits.

5-HTP & Our Sleep Starter Topical Patch

Our Sleep Starter Topical Patch contains 50mg of 5-HTP to help promote a restful night’s sleep. Whether you need help to sleep due to shift work, jet lag, or insomnia, our sleep patches can help. They contain a high dose of melatonin and 5-HTP along with other relaxing nutrients which aid your natural sleep cycle.

  • May help you fall asleep faster and more easily
  • Combats insomnia with a natural solution
  • Non-habit forming and drug-free
  • Improves sleep quality so you wake up revitalized
  • May diminish the symptoms of jet lag
  • Effective absorption over pills and liquids
  • Safe, easy, and convenient to use

The Sleep Starter Topical Patch helps to promote a restful night’s sleep thanks to its 50mg dose of 5-HTP (Griffonia Simplicifolia), along with melatonin, magnesium, valerian root, and hops extract. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin, a hormone that’s responsible for maintaining our circadian rhythm.

Melatonin helps to initiate sleep and maintain it throughout the night. When our sleep cycle is healthy, our bodies produce melatonin once it’s dark outside. As our levels of melatonin increase, our core body temperature decreases, and we start to feel less alert. We then feel more and more drowsy until the idea of sleep becomes appealing and we eventually nod off.

However, if our melatonin production is suppressed, then there’s nothing to trigger our usual sleep patterns. So, the end result is that we struggle to fall asleep or don’t sleep for very long. This can be a consequence of the natural aging process since melatonin production decreases as we get older. But it can also be caused by things like traveling to a different time zone, working night shifts, or using smartphones before bed. Melatonin is made from serotonin, which comes from 5-HTP. So by boosting your levels of 5-HTP, you can ensure that the production line for melatonin is well-fuelled.

Using a melatonin sleep patch can be an effective way to give your body the rest it needs. It’s popular with people who travel frequently on business trips as it helps them avoid jet lag and perform at their best. It’s also ideal for people with age-related insomnia* who struggle to get to sleep and then stay asleep for the recommended 8 hours. For people who work unusual shift patterns and need to sleep during the day, it can be the difference between a decent rest and no shut-eye at all. So, if you’re struggling to get the nightly rest you need and are fed up of feeling tired all the time, then melatonin sleep patches may be a practical solution.

Our patches are also suitable for people with many different forms of allergies. They’re free from gluten, wheat, casein, milk, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, soy, and corn. They don’t contain any GMOs, MSG, fillers, artificial dyes, colors, flavorings, or preservatives. So, you can be confident that you’re only consuming the nutrients you need and nothing else.

Each pack contains a 30-day supply of patches to help you get a good night’s rest whenever you need it. Order a pack today and experience the high-quality sleep benefits for yourself.

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* Speak to a licensed healthcare professional if your insomnia symptoms persist or are not age-related.

Melatonin for Sleep – How It All Works

By |2022-08-10T02:55:17-08:00April 23, 2018|Sleep Starter Patch|

Are you thinking about taking melatonin for sleep but unsure how it all works? Melatonin is an effective sleep aid that replicates the activity of our natural hormones. But taking melatonin for sleep isn’t just for people with insomnia. It can be beneficial for sleep disorders but can also help reduce jet lag and ensure people who work late shifts still get a good sleep. It’s also at the heart of problem between blue light screens (from smartphones and laptops) and poor sleep quality. In this article, we explore how melatonin affects our sleep cycles and who can benefit from taking it as a supplement.

What Is Melatonin?

Natural melatonin is a hormone that’s produced by the body’s pineal gland. During the day this pea-sized gland is inactive, but once the sun sets and things get darker, it gets to work on manufacturing melatonin. The pineal gland is located just above the middle part of the brain and is activated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) which is also in the brain. For most of us, this usually happens around 9pm, at which point active melatonin production occurs and the hormone is released into the blood. As our melatonin levels increase, we begin to feel less alert and our core body temperature decreases. We then become increasingly drowsy and the idea of sleep becomes more appealing.

Our blood melatonin levels usually stay high all through the night and then drop once daylight appears. By 9am our melatonin levels can barely be detected, and they stay that way until the evening.

According to the Society of Endocrinology, melatonin is responsible for both initiating and maintaining sleep. So, it’s role is to keep us asleep all night as well as help us to nod off in the first place. if you have trouble getting off to sleep, or wake often and find you don’t sleep well throughout the night, then taking melatonin supplements may help.

How the Sleep Cycle Works

The sleep cycle is regulated by an internal clock and sometimes referred to as circadian rhythm. This circadian clock is located in the SCN which contains ‘clock genes’ that oscillate throughout the day. This rhythm is synchronized with daytime by the sunlight that enters through our eyes. This is how the brain knows to stop melatonin production during the day and then ramp it up at night.

Light is an important component in the regulation of melatonin production. It’s able to reset the SCN clock which can alter the time at which we produce melatonin. Even if you’re asleep and your eyes are closed, your body can sense light as the sun rises. This is why we often wake up early if our curtains are left open as the sunlight stimulates our waking hormones and melatonin is inhibited.

Melatonin for Sleep – How It Supports the Sleep Cycle

Melatonin is at the heart of the sleep cycle so it’s vital for a restful night of slumber. If your melatonin production is inhibited, either due to your biology, working hours, or travel across time zones, then your sleep can be affected.

Without melatonin, it can be very difficult to both fall asleep and stay asleep. A reduction in this hormone means there are fewer signals to your body that it’s time to rest. Your mind will stay active and body temperature won’t change, so you’ll be less inclined to fall asleep. If you can lie in the next morning, then it may not be a problem. But if you have to work, take the kids to school, or attend appointments, then it can be really frustrating.

Who Can Benefit from Melatonin for Sleep?

The Society of Endocrinology recommends the clinical use of melatonin to treat ‘age-associated insomnia, jet lag, and shift work’. Lower doses of melatonin for sleep can reset the circadian clock while higher doses can also lower our core body temperature and induce sleepiness. Certain groups of people are at higher risk of melatonin inhibition and can, therefore, benefit from supplementation. Let’s look at a few of them;

People with Age-Related Insomnia

People with age-related insomnia or sleep disorders may benefit from taking melatonin supplements. As we age, our production of melatonin decreases which means there are lower levels of hormones circulating that tell us it’s time to sleep. It’s also one of the reasons that older people tend to sleep for less time than their younger counterparts. A typical 70-year-old produces 25% of the melatonin that a teenager does.

It’s important to note however that not all insomnia is caused by a lack of melatonin hormone. Other causes include anxiety and stress, so if you feel like this could be affecting you then it’s important to seek professional help. Melatonin isn’t a suitable treatment for these types of situations so you’re better off speaking to a qualified healthcare practitioner.

People Who Use Smart Phones or Laptops At Night

OK, so this one covers pretty much all of us. The best solution is to avoid technologies that emit blue light before bed (like smartphones and laptops). Our night-time production of melatonin for sleep gets suppressed by dim light if the pupils are dilated. This is why it’s been suggested that long-term use of laptops and smartphones before bedtime can disrupt our sleep cycles.

The thing is, not all of us are able to avoid screens in the evening (or want to for that matter). We might have to work late or search for a travel route that we’re taking early in the morning. Although most of us probably use technology a little more than we should, it also has some necessary uses that can’t be avoided. So, if you find yourself in the situation where you’re using screens at night, then try upping your melatonin intake to compensate.

People Who Work Shifts

People who work shifts as part of the job often suffer from poor quality sleep. Fighting our innate circadian rhythms can be incredibly difficult and many people resort to sleep medicine to knock them out during the daylight hours. However, using melatonin as a sleep aid is a more natural way to reset your internal body clock and enjoy a full 8 hours of shut-eye. Taking melatonin for sleep will help you nod off even during the day.

People Who Travel Across Time Zones

If you travel long distances that cross times zones, then you’re probably all too familiar with jet lag. It’s that horrendous feeling when you feel like your body has hit a brick wall. It desperately wants to sleep but can’t, maybe because you’re in that important business meeting or at the wheel of a hire car on your fly-drive vacation.

They say that it takes one day to adjust for every hour of time zone that you cross. So even if you’re just taking a domestic flight, it might take your body six or more days to reset itself. If you’re flying internationally then your entire body clock is turned on its head and unless you’re there for a fortnight then it’s unlikely that you’re going to recover in time. Jet lag can make a long-haul trip even more grueling, so it makes sense to pack some melatonin and give your sleep-wake cycle the best chance of adjusting.

Melatonin for Sleep – Summary

Poor quality sleep affects every aspect of our lives. If we sleep badly then we spend the next day feeling like a zombie. We struggle through our tasks with the sole aim of making it to bedtime, only to find that we can’t seem to nod off. Lack of sleep increases our risk of making mistakes, bad decisions, and even having accidents. Everything just feels harder and we lack the energy to do basic everyday activities. But poor-quality sleep isn’t something you need to suffer through in the hope that it’ll eventually go away.

Taking melatonin for sleep can be an effective way to give your body the rest it needs. It’s popular with people who travel frequently on businesses as it helps them avoid jet lag and perform at their best. It’s also ideal for people with age-related insomnia who struggle to get to sleep and then stay asleep for the recommended 8 hours. For people who work unusual shift patterns and need to sleep during the day, it can be the difference between a decent rest and no shut-eye at all. So, if you’re struggling to get the nightly rest you need and are fed up of feeling tired all the time, then taking melatonin for sleep may be a practical solution.

Our Sleep Starter Topical Patch helps to promote a restful night’s sleep thanks to its 5mg dose of melatonin, along with magnesium, valerian root, hops extract, and 5-HTP (Griffonia Simplicifolia). Patches allow for better absorption of hormones and nutrients while avoiding any digestive discomfort or side effects that dietary supplement tablets can sometimes cause. Each pack contains a 30-day supply of patches so you can enjoy a month of restful sleep. Check out the 5* reviews to see what other people think of our Sleep Starter Topical Patches.

Promoting Healthy Sleep with PatchMD’s Sleep Starter with Melatonin

By |2020-02-19T01:27:01-08:00February 23, 2016|Sleep Starter Patch|

Obtaining sufficient amounts of quality sleep is an absolute necessity for good health, yet many of us experience sleep difficulties on occasion. Insomnia occurs due to a variety of factors—ranging from long hours of work or travel to sleep-disruptive conditions, such as urinary frequency and stressful events. Elderly adults may be particularly susceptible to difficulty sleeping and nighttime awakenings, due to the decline in melatonin levels associated with aging.1 Melatonin can help promote healthy sleep patterns in some people, regardless of the cause of insomnia.

A large analysis revealed several of melatonin’s sleep-enhancing benefits. Reviewing 15 studies of sleep in healthy adults, scientists noted that melatonin administration significantly reduced sleep latency (the amount of time needed to fall asleep), while boosting sleep efficiency (the percentage of time in bed spent asleep) and increasing total sleep duration.2

Men with benign prostatic enlargement often experience poor sleep due to nighttime urinary frequency. Scientists from the United Kingdom found that melatonin may offer an effective solution. When 20 older men were treated with 2 mg of melatonin each day for one month, they experienced a significant decrease in nighttime urination, and reported that their condition was less bothersome than before treatment.1

Individuals who work the night shift are often chronically tired due to difficulty falling asleep during the daytime. Supplementing with melatonin has helped improve the length and quality of daytime sleep in these individuals. These findings demonstrate an important characteristic of melatonin: the hormone exerts its hypnotic (sleep-inducing) and sedative (anxiety-relieving) effects, regardless of dosage time.3

Traveling to different time zones often leads to the fatigue and insomnia known as jet lag. Usually when supplementing with melatonin can help prevent or reduce jet lag, particularly when traveling across several time zones. Melatonin works by helping re-synchronize the body’s circadian rhythms, helping the traveler adapt to the local time.3

Melatonin is used in doses ranging from 0.3-5.0 mg to promote sleep, with doses of 1-3 mg most common.4 Studies examining melatonin’s effects on cancer have utilized doses of 3-50 mg per day.3 Melatonin has a sedating effect, which may be magnified by the use of benzodiazepines or other sedating drugs such as antihistamines or antidepressants. Similarly, the use of melatonin with valerian, 5-hydroxytryptophan, or alcohol may increase sedation.4 The bioavailability of oral melatonin is increased by co-administration of the antidepressant drug fluvoxamine (Luvox®). Beta blockers, as well as aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, may decrease melatonin production in the body.4

A factor in restorative sleep, melatonin’s benefits extend to neuroprotection and fighting cancer. Its powerful antioxidant effect offers important enhancements to the brain and nervous system, helping protect against age-related damage. Most exciting are melatonin’s benefits for cancer patients—relieving anxiety and improving survival from an array of cancers. Finally, migraine sufferers using melatonin may enjoy a vast decline in the frequency and severity of their headaches—leading to a tremendously improved quality of life.


1. Drake MJ, Mills IW, Noble JG. Melatonin pharmacotherapy for nocturia in men with benign prostatic enlargement. J Urol. 2004 Mar;171(3):1199-202.
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3. [No authors listed] Melatonin. Monograph. Altern Med Rev. 2005 Dec;10(4):326-36.
4. Available at: http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/mel_0286.shtml. Accessed March 16, 2007.

Rested and Ready To Go With PatchMD’s Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch

By |2020-02-19T01:11:29-08:00May 30, 2011|Patch Testimonials, Sleep Starter Patch, Vitamin News|

Deb from New York sent us an account of her experience with PatchMD’s Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch. Since taking Melatonin in capsule form never seemed to work for her, she tried our Patch Technology and found that it works exactly as advertised:

I never take over the counter sleep aids because they make me drowsy for the whole day afterwards, and capsule melatonin just doesn’t work on me. I would resort to a prescription sleep aid when needed, until I tried your Melatonin Patch. This product works within ½ hour to 45 minutes. And when I get up in the morning, I feel great! Rested and ready to go with no drowsiness!

The Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch Helps George From San Diego Overcome Insomnia

By |2020-02-19T01:13:50-08:00April 15, 2011|Patch Testimonials, Sleep Starter Patch, Vitamin News|

George from San Diego described how the Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch finally helped him get a decent night’s sleep after years of insomnia. In his letter, George describes his experience with PatchMD’s Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch:

“I have suffered from insomnia the majority of my life. I’ve always been reluctant to take pills because of the side effects which often lingered well into the morning. I discovered the PatchMD Melatonin patches and am thrilled to say my insomnia is a thing of the past. I put one on about an hour before bedtime and then it gently kicks in and off I go. The best part is that there are no leftover symptoms in the morning. I’m an early riser and am able to go to the gym and do rigorous cardio workouts rested and energetic because I slept. Just wanted to let you know that this is a great product and to say thanks!”

The Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch Helped A Certified Personal Trainer Overcome Jet Lag

By |2021-01-05T21:41:04-08:00March 30, 2011|Patch Testimonials, Sleep Starter Patch, Vitamin News|

PatchMD’s Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch can be a key tool in helping weary travelers avoid and overcome jet lag. A satisfied client sent us an account of her personal experience using the Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch. A Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, Tina wrote to us about her experience with the Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch upon returning from a trip to India:

“I’ve taken other Melatonin supplements before, but none like yours. I recently took a trip from Los Angeles to Delhi, India and was very jet lagged. I put the patch on and within the hour was sleeping like a baby. I was amazed how great and well rested I felt the next morning. I was ready to face the day with an incredible amount of energy. I highly recommend this product!”

Melatonin is your body’s natural sleep aid medication, a hormone in the brain. This hormone is released in increased amounts as night approaches to make you drowsy. The synthetic version of this brain chemical as used in PatchMD’s Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch can be used to prevent and recover from jet lag.

Taking Melatonin to combat Jet Lag is proving to be the safest way to handle the “curse” of traveling between time zones. It is intriguing that the fictional Melatonin success experienced by Samantha (Kim Cattrall) in Sex And The City II when she traveled to Dubai was mirrored so closely by the real-life experience of Tina, Patch MD’s satisfied client, when she traveled to India.

Jet lag can give your brain the impression that it is time to go work when it is actually time to sleep. Different people have different symptoms but the most common symptoms are grogginess, digestive problems, headaches, irregular sleep patterns, and temporary insomnia to mention just a few. Melatonin does not eliminate jet lag; it merely reduces it and speeds up the rate at which your body adjusts to the new time zone. With the Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch Sleep Aid, your body uses the amount of Melatonin that it needs while avoiding the hazards of an upset stomach caused by the digestive process.

A recent study was conducted on a group of individuals who traveled regularly between Australia and the United Kingdom. Half of them were administered Melatonin after arrival and the other half the group were given another type of sleep enhancer. The results showed that members of the group given Melatonin reported much lower levels of exhaustion and found that their normal sleeping pattern returned quite quickly.

Like our client Tina reported about PatchMD’s Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch: “I put the patch on and within the hour was sleeping like a baby. I was amazed how great and well rested I felt the next morning.” If you want to avoid Jet Lag and improve your body’s ability to recover from those long plane flights, please use PatchMD’s Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch. After all, what do you have to lose except those restless nights and those weary days?

Real Sleep Help: The Melatonin Patch Is A Proven Sleep Aid

By |2020-02-19T01:11:24-08:00March 15, 2011|Sleep Starter Patch, Vitamin News|

Insomnia happens to everyone. People just like you who have trouble sleeping are increasingly turning to Melatonin for help. Melatonin, not Malatonin as it is often misspelled on the Internet, is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland, which is located in the center of your brain. At night, the Melatonin released by your pineal gland causes your heart rate to slow down and your body temperature to drop. As a direct result, the physiological conditions are created that allow for a deep, restful sleep.

Sleep is crucial to our health; it allows our bodies to rest and refuel and gives the body’s cells a chance to repair and regenerate. Study upon study continues to show that people who don’t get adequate sleep are at increased risk for a myriad of health problems and illnesses including obesity, diabetes, immune-system dysfunction, as well as impaired job performance and productivity.

A Melatonin Patch used for sleep help is exactly what Samantha (Kim Cattrall) describes in Sex And The City II as a key to maintaining youth. When you use Melatonin as a supplement, it is essential to employ the dosage that works for you. Rather than taking a handful of pills, Patch MD believes you should allow your body to regulate the dosage through our easy-to-apply Patch technology.

When applied as a supplement through the Sleep Starter Melatonin Topical Patch for Sleep Help, Melatonin can promote a good night’s sleep, allowing the body to regulate the dosage taken. By combining Melatonin with our Topical Patch delivery system, PatchMD provides the natural benefits without the burden of pills and liquids. Through the patch process, Melatonin is allowed to take full effect and continue to work all night long as needed.

The Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch And Jet Lag

By |2021-01-05T21:42:58-08:00February 28, 2011|Patch Testimonials, Sleep Starter Patch, Vitamin News|

A satisfied client sent us a first-hand account of using the Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch Sleep Aids to overcome Jet Lag. A Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, Tina wrote to us upon returning from a trip to India about her experience with the Sleep Starter Melatonin Patch:


“I’ve taken other Melatonin supplements before, but none like yours. I recently took a trip from Los Angeles to Delhi, India and was very jet lagged. I put the patch on and within the hour was sleeping like a baby. I was amazed how great and well rested I felt the next morning. I was ready to face the day with an incredible amount of energy. I highly recommend this product!”


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