What is melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland. That’s a pea-sized gland found just above the middle of your brain. It helps your body know when it’s time to sleep and wake up.
Normally, your body makes more melatonin at night. Levels usually start to go up in the evening once the sun sets. They drop in the morning when the sun goes up. The amount of light you get each day — plus your own body clock — set how much your body makes.
Why Take It?
People use melatonin when they have insomnia — trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. They also take it for other sleep problems. This could include something called delayed sleep phase disorder. If you have that, falling asleep before 2 a.m. is tough. So is getting up in the morning.
Folks may also try it if they have jobs that disrupt typical sleep schedules, a condition called sleep work disorder.
It’s used to treat or prevent jet lag, too. That’s the tired, run-down feeling some get when they’re traveling across time zones.
Doctors are also studying to see if melatonin can help with:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- High nighttime blood pressure
- Sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders
What Do I Think About It? Do I Take it?
In my opinion, melatonin shouldn’t be taken every day. Your body gets used to the external help and it stops working naturally.
I have taken some melatonin in the past. As most of you know, I suffer from Anxiety and OCD, and some nights are just impossible for me to rest.
I normally have enough with a couple of those pills. After taking them, I will be falling asleep within the next half an hour. It is still a lot of time that my head and my anxiety have to wonder about everything and anything, but it is better than waiting 5 hours to fall asleep from tiredness.
I strongly recommend it to all those people that have severe anxiety and depression and have trouble falling asleep at night. As I said, I wouldn’t take them every night, otherwise, your body gets used to them and on the long run it will be a must in your life, but it can help you your occasional insomnia.
What do you think about it? Have you taken it? Was it useful for you?
Post made possible thanks to Montse M.