A number of these issues have been alleviated through various means, but one thing we’ve found to be particularly useful is a Melatonin supplement at bedtime.
Initially recommended by our pediatrician who uses it for her kids regularly, we tried it and fell in love.
We give our kids who have troubles sleeping 1.5mg to 3mg depending on their age. My wife and I take it periodically as well.
After dealing with these issues for a long time, this has been a huge improvement, and makes the sleep quality our kids get much higher.
What does this have to do with preps? Well, one of the main things that keeps me up at night is stress. And as I’ve mentioned many times before, stress will go through the roof when you’re in any sort of emergency situation.
Being stressed out is bad enough. Being tired and stressed out is worse. Being exhausted, stressed out, and in an emergency situation could be life threatening. Don’t underestimate your body’s need for sleep. It’s amazing how quickly sleep deprivation can affect your functioning level.
And honestly, having a little help falling asleep isn’t such a bad thing, especially if it’s something that isn’t a prescription drug or anything. Melatonin is something our body produces naturally and it doesn’t cause the same hangover or oddball effects that you get from sleeping pills like Ambien or something like that. According to our doctor and our personal experiences it isn’t habit forming either.
It’s pretty cheap stuff, so pick up a few bottles and keep them around for those nights when it’s tough to sleep.