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MELATONIN - THE SLEEP HORMONE

February 18 2021

MELATONIN - THE SLEEP HORMONE

MELATONIN - THE SLEEP HORMONE

Melatonin supplement is useful for people with insomnia or those who want deep sleeping.

Alvizia's melatonin supplements are sleeping pills in soft gel forms, which promote relaxation and sleep. Softgels are easy to swallow compared to tablets or capsules. Melatonin is a hormone that is found naturally in the body, which is used as medicine commonly for insomnia and to sleep faster. Melatonin is recommended for conditions like jet lags, anxiety before and after surgery, sleeping problems in hyperactive or autistic children, delayed sleep, etc. Doctors and healthcare experts consider melatonin safe because it seems to have fewer side effects than other drugs. Melatonin is also known as the sleep hormone, produced by the pineal gland in the brain and also found in the eyes, bone marrow. It tells your body that it is time to fall asleep. Its level rises at nighttime. It is also an effective antioxidant.

How it works

Melatonin regulates your sleep. Melatonin is produced more in the darkness thus helping the body to sleep. On the other hand, its production in the body decreases in light thus waking you. If you have troublesome sleep that's because of low melatonin. This is why supplements are required. Stress, smoking, lack of natural light, ageing can be the reasons for lower melatonin.

Major benefits of melatonin

Melatonin can prove to be highly effective in the following conditions:

Highly effective for sleeping

  • In adults, taking melatonin seems to reduce the time required to fall asleep. In children, it fixes the troubles in sleeping.
  • Melatonin supports better sleep.
  • Those who have sleeping disorders found that taking melatonin lessens the time it takes to fall asleep. Those who wake up alone before when they have to wake up can also take melatonin.
  • As compared to other medications melatonin is proved to have lesser side effects.

Helps in curing Insomnia

  • As melatonin is a sleep hormone, it is beneficial for people with insomnia. It is a common remedy for the treatment of insomnia.
  • Melatonin increases the period that people with insomnia take to sleep.

Helpful in Jet lag

  • Jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder. When your body's internal clock is out of sync with the new time zone, you can suffer from jet lag, which can result in fatigue, less sleep, discomfort, etc.
  • Shift workers can also experience the same when they work during the time they have to sleep.
  • Melatonin ensures quick recovery from jet lag and fixes the problem of shift workers.

Anxiety before surgery

  • To reduce the anxiety before surgery, taking melatonin by mouth is a good option.
  • Melatonin seems to have lesser side effects on people.
  • Another way to deal with surgery is by taking melatonin under the tongue.

Supports Eye health

  • Intake of melatonin may support eye health.
  • It reduces the chances of eye diseases as it is a powerful antioxidant. 

Eliminates Autism

  • Autistic people have troubles with their sleep.
  • The quality and duration of their sleep are hampered. Melatonin eliminates these sleeping disturbances.

Protection of mitochondria

  • Reactive oxygen species or ROSs and reactive nitrogen species or RNSs are the by-products of energy production in mitochondria.
  • ROSs and RNSs can lead to the death of cells. Melatonin is an antioxidant cleans the mitochondria preventing diseases in the heart or brain

Helpful in Endometriosis

  • If a woman is suffering from endometriosis, a painful uterine disorder, taking melatonin daily for 8 weeks seems to act as a painkiller.
  • It reduces pain during menstruation, intercourse, and while going to the bathroom.

Helps in reducing blood pressure

  • Taking melatonin before sleeping helps in lowering the blood pressure in a person with high blood pressure.

Helps in the treatment of cancer

  • Some studies show that along with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, melatonin might support the treatment of cancer.
  • Radiation therapy can be toxic and can have side effects. As it plays an important role in treating cancer, melatonin having antioxidant properties can fight the damaging effects of radiation therapy.
  • However it's not completely proven and you need to consult your doctor about taking melatonin alongside cancer treatment, it may help in fighting cancer.

Some other benefits of melatonin are

  • It treats stomach ulcers and heartburn.
  • It may reduce symptoms of tinnitus.
  • May be effective in the growth of hormones in men.
  • It is beneficial to people with Alzheimer's disease.
  • It can be useful for migraine and cluster headaches.
  • It can improve low blood platelets in cancer patients Reduces the risk of AMD i.e. age-related macular degeneration.
  • It helps to adjust sleep cycles in the blind ( non-24 hour sleep-wake disorder ).
  • It can help with pain at the jaw point.
  • It can be possibly effective in sleep disturbances caused by certain blood pressure drugs.

Dosage

Your goal must be to find the lowest dose that will result in fast sleeping. Taking a larger dose will not help you to sleep fast. You need to start with a lower dose supplement. Also, you should follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Taking an extra dose may lead to side effects, but melatonin is considered generally safe. Or you can also consult with your doctor for a prescription.

Side effects

Melatonin is an effective supplement that helps you fall asleep and especially if you suffer from insomnia. Current reports suggest that melatonin is safe and non-toxic. If melatonin is taken more than the recommended amounts it is likely to cause side effects like joint pain, anxiety, headache, upset stomach, irritability. In some people taking an extra dose of melatonin can increase sleepiness, while in others it can enhance alertness. In a few cases, melatonin supplements can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, etc. If you are involved in other medications like diabetes medication, oral contraceptives, blood thinners, sleep aids or sedatives, immunosuppressants, blood pressure medication, or antidepressants, you need to consult with your doctor before taking melatonin soft gel capsules. It is generally believed that taking melatonin will affect the natural presence of melatonin in your body. Several studies prove that is not true.

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