Melatonin: An answer for Night Workers?
Find it hard to fall asleep? Wake up too often in the middle of the day or night? Still feel tired after you wake up? Then there is a possibility that you are suffering from a sleeping disorder.
If you are the type of person who wants a quick fix (usually a pill of some sort), without looking at the numerous other aspects that could be causing your sleep disruption, then you may want to explore the reported benefits of Melatonin and have this book as part of your ‘Tool-Kit’. This highly acknowledged book: The Melatonin Miracle offers the research and insight into this natural hormone associated with sleep in humans.
Studies suggest that Melatonin supplements help induce sleep in people with disrupted circadian rhythms such as those suffering from jet lag or working a rotating night shift. Those with low Melatonin levels, usually the elderly and sleep deprived individuals have benefited from the use of Melatonin. In fact, a recent review of scientific studies found that Melatonin supplements help prevent jet lag, particularly where air travel is concerned and where passengers or crew cross five or more time zones.
A few studies suggest that when taken for short periods of time, Melatonin is significantly more effective than a placebo in decreasing the amount of time required to fall asleep; in increasing the number of sleeping hours; and for improving daytime alertness. Let’s face it, if you do get a good nights or days sleep, your bound to be more alert all round.
As well as helping with insomnia and combating jet lag, studies and reports have shown Melatonin to have a curative affect, helping to boost the immune system and aid in cancer prevention.
But what is Melatonin? Melatonin is a natural hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain that helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s Circadian Rhythm (Body Clock). The Circadian Rhythm is an internal 24/25-hour time-keeping system that plays a critical role in determining when we fall asleep and when we wake up (as well as many other things).
Darkness stimulates the production of Melatonin while light suppresses its activity. Exposure to excessive light in the evening or too little light during the day can disrupt the body’s normal Melatonin production cycles. For example, jet lag, shift work, working excessive hours over prolonged periods – all can disrupt Melatonin cycles. In addition, some experts claim that exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic fields (common in household appliances) may disrupt normal cycles and Melatonin production.
Overall research is proving to validate Melatonin as an option in obtaining improved sleep.
Melatonin is only for adult use and common sense must prevail. It should not be used by children, teenagers, pregnant or lactating women. If a person has any illness or is on medication for a condition you need to consult with your health professional first.
© 2017 by DesAllen Pty Ltd.
© 2017 by DesAllen Pty Ltd.