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The benefits of melatonin for Pets

The benefits of melatonin for Pets

There are several uses for melatonin in cats and dogs. There are also many forms of melatonin supplements. The supplement can be a liquid, cream or a pill to put in food. The problems in cat and dogs that melatonin can help are the following. Sleep problems– Melatonin supplements might help a cat or dog who is suffering from disrupted sleep. Cancer– Melatonin pills might be a beneficial addition to a cancer treatment plan for cats or dogs with hormonal…

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Summer Benefits of Melatonin for Livestock Producers

Summer Benefits of Melatonin for Livestock Producers

During the summer heat, livestock producers face financial challenges with taking care of their animals.  A few researchers have recently studied the benefits of melatonin supplements in certain livestock animals. The research stated that, “ Melatonin has hypothermic and antioxidant effects and may counter the detrimental effect of heat stress on livestock production.” The study also showed that melatonin supplements might be able to protect certain animals from heat stress which can cause other physical problems.  With the benefits of…

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S.A.D In Children?

S.A.D In Children?

When people think of depression they usually imagine an adult. However depression and anxiety can affect children as well. One type of depression that affects both adults and children is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is sometimes not recognized right away because the depression comes and goes according to the seasons. Some external factors that can trigger S.A.D are cold and dark weather or the chaos of holidays or the loneliness from not seeing friends because of school break. Clinical…

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Melatonin and Pups

Melatonin and Pups

Do you have a new pup or older dog in the family? Was New Years Eve filled with whines as your little “mans best friend” hid under the bed out of fear?  Or does your dog have patches of fur falling out? If yes then melatonin supplements might help. These supplements come in a few forms. These include tablets, liquids, capsules or powder. Plain tablet form is the most recommended for dogs simply hide it in their food.  This supplement…

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Five Bedtime Beverages to Help You Snooze

Five Bedtime Beverages to Help You Snooze

Last month we had an article on Five Bedtime Snacks To Help You Sleep. This article is all about bedtime beverages that can soothe your mind to help you drift off to dream land. Bedtime Beverages and their Benefits  Natural Tea Brew- Simmering three to four lettuce leaves for 15 minutes and adding mint leaves can be a calming natural tea. Lettuce has lactucarium a natural chemical which has a sedative affect. Sipping this brew might help you ease into sleep.  Cherry Juice…

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5 Bedtime Snacks That Can Help You Sleep

5 Bedtime Snacks That Can Help You Sleep

  There have been many studies on how to get a better nights sleep. We know that being too full or too hungry can disrupt the night. The brain uses many hormones and chemicals to induce sleep. These mainly include melatonin and tryptophan. These following snack ideas from Daily Medical and Readers Digest  can help these chemicals activate and help your mind drift off to dreamland. Snacks and Their Bedtime Benefits   Bananas – This underestimated yellow fruit is full…

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Can Melatonin Supplements Cause Weird Dreams?

Can Melatonin Supplements Cause Weird Dreams?

There have been conversations at the breakfast table of family members sharing stories of the strange dreams they had the night before. Dreams happen because of Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep. It is when the brain is most active during sleep. this brain scan shows the difference in activity between NREM and REM sleep. The Huffington Post wrote a news article about how and why melatonin supplements can increase the vividness and strangeness of dreams. (Dream Article) This article…

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School Year Bedtime Tips

School Year Bedtime Tips

With school just starting some families might still be struggling to get back into the school year bedtime routine. If you are a parent with a child who wants to stay up late and then struggles during the school day here are some tips that might help you get back to a schedule.  At least a week before school starts, get back to school-year bedtimes Many schools are already in session. Though this is a good idea for holiday breaks….

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What Causes Seasonal Blues?

What Causes Seasonal Blues?

With Autumn around the corner the seasonal changes are coming. These can be exciting times. Fall brings pumpkin flavored everything, colorful leaves, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Then Winter presents us with snowfall, snowmen, Holiday decorations lighting up the streets and fireworks as we welcome in the new year. These things can be exciting. Though for some people seasonal change can bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Mayo Clinic defines SAD as, “A type of depression that’s related to changes in…

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Tips to Survive Jet Lag

Tips to Survive Jet Lag

There are many reasons to travel to new time zones. Such as business, family vacation, romantic getaway or a competition. Whatever your reason for travel don’t let jet lag get in the way.  There are several side effects of jet lag that can ruin a trip. Side effects can include the following: fatigue, headache, insomnia, dizziness, upset stomach, reduced appetite, and tiredness.  No one wants to experience these downers while traveling and visiting beautiful landmarks. The following are some tips…

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