Recently I returned home after travelling for three months in Southeast Asia. As is common with International travel, I had a fairly difficult time trying to readjust my sleep patterns to the time change. However, melatonin supplements were very helpful for me and contributed to the inspiration to do a bit more research on this essential hormone. What I found was that melatonin is not only critical for falling asleep, it also plays a key role in digestive health and is a powerful antioxidant for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, high cholesterol, obesity and fertility issues.
You body produces melatonin in the pineal gland, located near the middle of the brain. Melatonin levels begin to rise around 9pm, inducing the desire to sleep, and stay elevated until about 9am.  Whether your body produces melatonin is completely dependent on light. Even having a TV or computer on in the bedroom will decrease melatonin production and affect the circadian ...
Melatonin is a sleep hormone, produced by the pineal gland seated deep inside the brain,
as well as other parts of the body, such as the gastrointestinal tract. For
years, melatonin has been recognized as a regulator of circadian rhythms ,
the natural cycle of sleep and wakefulness that has allowed humans to inhabit
the earth in phase with the cycles of night and day.
of the retina (in the back of the eye) to light suppresses release of melatonin
into the blood; darkness triggers release. Nighttime levels of melatonin surge
10-fold higher compared to that of daytime levels. In the modern world,
authorities have proposed that lack of melatonin may be a by-product of
interior lighting that extends into the evening hours. Evidence has emerged
suggesting that lack of melatonin may contribute to increased potential for
of this fascinating hormone has shown potential benefit through a variety of
favorable effects on cardiovascular paramet...
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