Sleep is a vital function, not only for performance in daily life, but for tissue repair and rejuvenation of the entire body. Sleep quality, like sex and energy, is intimately connected to hormone balance. Melatonin is one such hormone that declines with age and plays a significant role in your health, especially your sleep/wake cycle.
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the body in the pineal gland of the brain, the retina of your eye, the gastrointestinal tract, and white blood cells. Melatonin plays a role in the body’s circadian rhythm or sleep/wake cycle. With healthy production, melatonin induces drowsiness and lowers your body temperature to promote sleep before bedtime and resets your biological clock upon waking.
Lifestyle and Melatonin
Melatonin is impacted by a number of lifestyle factors. For example, if you don’t have a bedtime routine—winding down for bed around the same time each night and avoiding lights and backlit screens—you are inhibiting melatonin production, making it harder for you to fall asleep. Waking up at the same time each morning is important, too; however, your bedtime matters most, so pick a time and stick to it.
Melatonin levels are also impacted by your diet. Melatonin is made from the amino acid tryptophan, which is also used to make serotonin. When melatonin levels are elevated, serotonin levels decline. Consuming too many high-sugar carbohydrates inhibits melatonin production because carbohydrates shift amino acid balance to produce more serotonin. You can improve melatonin production by ensuring adequate levels of vitamin B in your diet. B vitamins are essential for converting tryptophan to melatonin. B vitamins are water soluble, meaning your body doesn’t store them, so ensure that you choose foods such as dark leafy greens, fish, chicken, and eggs.
Benefits of Melatonin
Melatonin is among the most studied and effective supplements on the market. Melatonin has been shown to deliver numerous benefits, such as enhancing immune system function, improving sleep onset, duration and quality and stimulating the release of GH. Supplementing melatonin, however can do so much more, it can contribute to a higher quality of life on multiple levels. The benefits of melatonin also:
- Impact the release of sex hormones
- Aid immune system function
- Antioxidant activity (more potent than vitamin C or E)
- Block estrogen from binding to estrogen receptors
- Decrease cortisol levels
- Help balance the stress response
- Support cancer prevention
- Improve mood
- Enhance sleep quality
- Stimulate the parathyroid gland, which regulates bone formation
- Promote the production of growth hormone
Melatonin production and release rate changes dramatically with age. The change is so drastic that it has been proposed as an index of brain aging in humans. These changes in total output and the rhythmicity of melatonin are major contributors to the disturbance of sleep patterns experienced by many members of the older population.
Like many supplements on the market, quality matters—not just any melatonin supplement will improve levels and achieve results. At the biostation™ customized dosing is available in a variety of delivery methods, including pills, creams, and injections. The team at the biostation can help you determine your current melatonin levels through advanced testing and develop a supplement regimen that will suit your individual needs.
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