As mentioned in the last blog post, millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and have trouble falling asleep. If you are part of this vast population and have ever asked someone (a doctor, nutritionist, or even a friend) you have probably been told to try Melatonin.
Here is a simple way to understand how Melatonin works;
Melatonin is a hormone created in the Pineal Gland (small gland in the middle of the brain), and during the day this gland is inactive, however with nightfall it starts to produce Melatonin. Once the body begins producing Melatonin we start to get sleepy.
One random piece of information about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which is depression that some people have only during the winter. Studies have shown that the depression is caused by seasonal changes such as winter because it gets dark outside earlier and in turn, their body produces too much Melatonin. One way this is treated is by bright light which is used to “fool” the body into not producing as much Melatonin.
1. If you are having trouble sleeping and are over 60; as we age our body starts producing less melatonin so taking a supplement can help.
2. Having a major sleep change; either jet lag or even a major change at work, melatonin can help regulate your body’s “clock” to adjust to the new time.
So should you be taking melatonin? There is no simple answer to this question. For some adults it has been a big help for them and finally allowed them to get the sleep they need. Because of this we recommend speaking to your health care practitioner to see if Melatonin would work for you.