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Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body, and is used medicinally to adjust the body’s internal clock. Most commonly used as a sleep aid, melatonin adjusts sleep-wake cycles in people whose daily work schedule changes (shift-work disorder), and for helping blind people establish day and night cycle. Melatonin is used to counter the inability to fall asleep (insomnia); delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS); insomnia associated with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); insomnia due to certain high blood pressure medications called beta-blockers; and sleep problems in children with developmental disorders such as autism and cerebral palsy.
*Promotes restful, deeper sleep
*Hastens sleep and eases jet lag
*Strengthens immune system
*Reduces free radicals
Melatonin’s main job in the body is regulating night and day cycles, or sleep-wake cycles. When it gets dark the body increases melatonin production, signalling the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production, and signals the body to get ready for daytime. And when melatonin production is low, or melatonin regulation by the body is out of order, problems getting into a sleep-wake rhythm can occur. Melatonin supplements can help regulate sleep cycles, giving you the restful and deep sleep you need.
Melatonin is also commonly used for Alzheimer’s disease, ringing in the ears, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines and other headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, bone loss (osteoporosis), as an anti-aging agent, and menopause. Melatonin is also used for weight loss, nerve pain, weakness, and various cancers, as well as to alleviate side effects of cancer treatment (chemotherapy).
Many studies suggest that melatonin may also be useful to make people feel better, strengthen the immune system, and reduce free radicals in the body. Some studies also suggest that melatonin can be effective as an antioxidant, immunomodulator in cancer.