Melatonin and Sleep

Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body’s pineal gland. This gland is pea-sized and is located just above the middle of the brain. During the day the pineal gland is inactive. When the sun goes down and darkness occurs, the pineal is “turned on” by the SCN a special center called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This center initiates signals to other parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide awake.

The SCN then begins to actively produce melatonin, which gets released into the blood. Usually, melatonin production occurs around 9 pm and as a result, melatonin levels in the blood rise and you begin to feel less alert. Sleep becomes inviting and Melatonin levels in the blood stay elevated for about 12 hours. Daytime levels of melatonin are barely detectable.

A few studies have shown promise for the use of melatonin in shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and can also help reduce the number of times you wake up at night. Other studies show no benefit at all with melatonin.

Larger studies are needed to demonstrate if melatonin is effective and safe for some forms of insomnia, particularly for long-term use. As always, you should always consult a physician with the use of any medication.

 

Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.

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