I first heard about Melatonin about fifteen years ago when it was being promoted as a supplement to help combat Jet-Lag by helping you fall asleep and reset your natural sleep rhythm in the new time zone. Initially, I was only able to find Melatonin in small packages at quite high prices.
More recently, the benefits of using Melatonin as a general sleep aid have become more well known and it has become generally available at much lower prices. This particular product contains 3 mg of Melatonin and 25 mg of Theanine. Theanine is an amino aid found in certain types of tea; it is said to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
"The Melatonin Miracle" is a book which promotes Melatonin as a natural sleep aid which strengthens the immune system, prolongs sexual vitality, lowers blood pressure, and helps normalize cholesterol levels.
I don't have serious sleep problems, but often I am just wound up when I go to bed (thinking about what I am going to cook the next day, or what review I will do next in SR). I find Melatonin to be very helpful in taking the edge off and letting me drift off to sleep.
The package says 'Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland...'. The pineal gland is discussed in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" which I have previously reviewed.
Many people who take Melatonin as a sleep aid say that they experienced increased frequency and more vivid dreams. I believe it does have such an impact; I am talking about pleasant dreams, not like alleged Larium induced psychotic nightmares.
There are several warnings on the package which should be considered by people with specific health issues.
At a cost of less than two cents a day, I think Melatonin (Plus) is a great deal.