Mar. 13, 2014 | By: ottawachiros
MELATONIN - More Than A Sleep Aid?
Insomnia and http://BeaconHillChiro.com
Melatonin is a hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycles. It is produced from the small gland (pineal) in the brain. We also obtain small amounts of melatonin from meats, grains, fruits and vegetables and is also available as an over-the-counter supplement.
Sunlight affects how much melatonin our bodies produce. After sunset and as it gets darker we tend to produce more melatonin, so bright artificial lights actually prevents melatonin production.
As we age we produce less melatonin making it more difficult for older adults to get a good sleep.
Science is looking at Melatonin supplements to treat insomnia, minimize seasonal depression (SAD) from lack of sunlight and to possibly reduce cluster headaches.
In 2013 the supplement was found to reduce pain in females suffering from endometriosis.
Melatonin supplements are generally safe in low doses. Too much melatonin can have side effects such as daytime drowsiness, mild anxiety, confusion or sometimes short lasting depression. It may also interact negatively with some other medications.
For melatonin to be helpful for insomnia the correct dosage, method and time of day taken must be appropriate to the sleep problem.
Taking it at the "wrong" time of day may reset your biological clock in an undesirable direction.
Ask us about melatonin if you feel it may be appropriate for you.
The Beacon Hill Chiropractic Clinic has "Sleep-E Naturals" which contains natural agents that help improve sleep quality and duration, naturally, without risk of addiction or dependency.
Beacon Hill Chiropractic Clinic
2200 Montreal Rd
Ottawa (Orleans), ON
(at Hwy 174 and Montreal Rd)