Melatonin is a natural hormone found in most plants and animals. Melatonin in humans is produced by the pineal gland while we sleep. The pineal gland is light sensitive so to produce melatonin efficiently you have to sleep in a pitch-dark room. To produce sufficient melatonin you need to sleep at least seven hours a night.
Melatonin is an essential ingredient in the maintenance of a healthy immune system. Melatonin also regulate biological rhythms such as sleep and wake cycles. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant and it protects the body from free radical damage. Melatonin has a role to play in the development of diabetes. Melatonin has even been found to play a role in some types of headaches and mood disorders.
A lack of melatonin can cause disrupted sleeping patterns. A lack of melatonin can affect the efficiency of the immune system and a depressed immune system can make you susceptible to diseases like cancer and other chronic life-threatening conditions.
Since melatonin is produced at night while we are sleeping, but melatonin levels determine quality and quantity of sleep, a lack of melatonin can result in a vicious cycle of a lack of sleep resulting in less melatonin which in turn results in even less sleep.
A good quality melatonin supplement can be used to complement the body's production of melatonin to break the cycle and restore healthy biological wake and sleep cycles.
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