💬 What do you really know about melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. It plays a crucial role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, also known as the circadian rhythm. Melatonin levels naturally rise in the evening, promoting sleepiness, and decrease in the morning, promoting wakefulness. Melatonin supplements are commonly used to help regulate and improve sleep, especially for individuals who have trouble falling asleep or suffer from insomnia.
💬The main functions of melatonin:
Melatonin protects cell structure, prevents DNA damage, and lowers peroxide levels in the body by scavenging free radicals, fighting oxidation, and inhibiting lipid peroxidation
2. Fight cancer
Melatonin can reduce the formation of DNA adjuncts induced by chemical carcinogens (safrole), prevent DNA damage, and promote the production of accumulation factors through bone marrow T-cells, which can be used as adjuvant therapy for tumors.
3. Improve your sleep
Melatonin can help us shorten the time to fall asleep, increase the total length of sleep, and improve the quality of sleep. However, experts stressed that melatonin is not a medicine, can only play an auxiliary role in insomnia, no therapeutic effect. For some insomnia patients who use it to replace sleeping pills, or some young people take melatonin as an anti-aging drug, these are errors that should be corrected.
💬 Who is not suitable for taking melatonin???
Melatonin does have a good effect on improving sleep and immune regulation, but it is not suitable for everyone, and it is counterproductive to take it improperly. The following people should be careful to take melatonin.
2. Pregnant women
3. Patients with heart and brain diseases
4. Liver and kidney insufficiency
5. People with alcohol allergies
▉Don’t rely on melatonin too much, it also has side effects , So what are the side effects of melatonin?
Long-term use of melatonin can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, poor mental performance, drowsiness, distraction, decreased responsiveness and sensitivity, and even affect memory (Please use reasonably according to your own situation, not too much, not too little, otherwise the desired effect can not be achieved).
SOME MATTERS NEEDING ATTENTION:
Chronic disease patients commonly used anticoagulant drugs, antiplatelet drugs, hypoglycemic drugs, immune agents and other drugs, with melatonin taken together, may produce a certain drug interaction. Patients with this type of chronic disease are advised to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before taking melatonin.
In short, melatonin is a health care product, not a drug, if diagnosed as insomnia, must follow the doctor’s advice, standardized drug treatment.
💬 How can we maintain the normal production of melatonin?
1. Exercise properly
Spend more time in the sun, suppress melatonin secretion through light, and try to stay awake during the day, which can also enhance the drive for sleep at night. In the evening, you should turn off the light before going to bed and play with your mobile phone less, so that melatonin can be secreted normally at night.
2. Going to bed and getting up on time and forming good sleeping habits also helps the secretion of melatonin.
3. Reasonable diet and balanced collocation, because the main raw materials of melatonin, including vitamin B6, unsaturated fatty acids, etc., can be obtained from the diet, and appropriately increasing the intake of nuts and seafood may help our body to synthesize and secretory melatonin.
And finally, for everyone to have a good night’s sleep, here are a few tips that I hope will help you.
① Regular sleep and rest time
Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. Sleep regularly, do not disturb the biological clock, otherwise it is easy to insomnia.
② Don’t eat before bed
When people sleep and rest, the human digestive system will also enter the rest state, eating before going to bed, drinking coffee will affect sleep, making it difficult for you to fall asleep.
③ Sleep lights out
The human body clock will sense the outside light to judge the rest time, if the light to sleep, will affect sleep.
④ Sleeping posture
Sleeping position is also related to sleep, choosing a comfortable sleeping position is very important for sleep. For example, sleeping on the side, in the middle of the legs cushion a pillow, flat sleep under the legs cushion a pillow are very comfortable, it is best not to sleep on the stomach, will cause back pain, cervical pain.