Sleeplessness and Melatonin
I do not like to admit that I am experiencing any problems with aging. But I found that I do have problems with sleeping deeply at night. I would blame the sleeplessness on some stress over a project I was involved with but that was not the answer. Than I read some information on melatonin and realized that I was experiencing an inability to create enough melatonin naturally to get really deep sleep. When I began supplementing at bed time I experienced a very deep state of sleep and made the decision that I personally needed this kind of sleep every night.
So, take a look at the information below and see if this might be an answer for you. Talk to your healthcare provider about this, then make an educated choice for yourself.
As we get older most of us experience difficulty getting enough sleep. We find that we sleep much lighter and have difficulty sleeping in. Research says that at about age 40, melatonin levels begin to decline, and adults often begin experiencing acute insomnia as a result.
Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland, a small cone-shaped structure in the center of the brain. Melatonin is a hormone produced similarly to other so-called anti-aging hormones like the growth hormone (HGH) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). These hormones are produced in abundance until after puberty, when their production begins to slow steadily as we age.
Breast and Prostate Cancer:
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Connection between Melatonin Production and Cancer?
A powerful antioxidant as effective as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, melatonin is known to help prevent hypertension and heart attack, and help reduce the risk of cancer. It is believed that as melatonin levels drop, aging speeds up. Melatonin can stimulate the immune system, and lead to the balance of hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and other hormones. Melatonin is also related to the cyclical response of the body to the fall of darkness at the end of each day. Melatonin keeps our body in sync with the rhythms of day and night and helps us sleep.
Melatonin Should I Take:
Sublingual (dissolves under the tongue) is the best form, quickly absorbed. When you wake up the next day you should feel refreshed, not tired or groggy. As with all supplements, check with your physician before using.