The Sleep Hormone
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain that puts you to sleep and keeps you asleep. Recent studies are now suggesting that melatonin and testosterone also regulate the synthesis of each other. This finding is important with men who suffer from Testosterone deficiency.
The Circadian Rhythm:
Melatonin also maintains the body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. Ancient Egyptians used to call the Pineal Gland, where melatonin is secreted, the third eye. When it is dark, your body produces more melatonin; when it is light, the production of melatonin drops. Being exposed to bright lights in the evening or too little light during the day can disrupt the body’s normal melatonin cycles. For example, jet lag, shift work, and poor vision can disrupt melatonin cycles. Our physicians at Harding Medical Institute are specialists in Sleep Disorder Medicine and melatonin regulation.
Melatonin More Than Just Sleep:
Melatonin, besides being a sleep hormone, is a very powerful antioxidant, anti-aging agent, immunoregulator, anti-depressant, and sexual dysfunction regulator. Melatonin influences mood, stress response, release of sex hormones, and stimulates the production of growth hormone. Recent research is investigating how adequate levels may help to prevent cancer. During Andropause (Low Testosterone) there can be a significant decline in melatonin secretions, which will have an adverse affect on the quality of sleep. Certain medications can decrease melatonin levels such as hypertensive medications, antidepressants, ibuprofen, caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Adequate B vitamins are also necessary for the production of melatonin by the brain.
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