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Get a Good Night’s Sleep with Melatonin Supplement

October 19, 2012

Get a Good Night’s Sleep with Melatonin Supplement

Research shows that about 1 in 3 Canadian adults experience some form of insomnia. Some individuals find it hard to fall asleep while others have no problem falling asleep but tend to wake up many times during the night. Research also shows that low levels of a hormone called melatonin directly affect sleep patterns. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. This hormone helps to regulate other hormones which all help to regulate the body's circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is your body’s “internal clock” that plays a crucial role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. As we age melatonin levels decrease which is why as we tend to sleep less.

Melatonin supplements can help with disrupted circadian rhythms, like shift workers and those with low melatonin levels, to sleep better. It helps you to fall asleep faster, increases the number of sleeping hours, and boosts daytime alertness.

Low melatonin levels are related to other health conditions such as breast and prostate cancer and that using a melatonin supplement bay be beneficial in treating irritable bowel syndrome, reducing the frequency of seizures from epilepsy and some symptoms of menopause. Sleep is the body’s repair time, it is crucial for good health.

The Innisfil Scope Newspaper

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