Melatonin and Better Sleep
Melatonin is said to be the “sleep hormone”. I first learned about Melatonin when my mother was in a rehab facility and having trouble sleeping. Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland , a small gland in the brain that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. And it’s actually available over the counter in the drug store.
An article at The Huffington post entitled, New Details About How Melatonin Triggers Sleep, by Dr. Michael J. Breus discusses research results showing how melatonin is instrumental in helping people fall asleep, stay asleep and have better sleep.
Dr. Breus stated,
This phase of their experiment suggests that one function of melatonin may be to help trigger the adenosine build up in the brain that in turn leads to feeling the need for sleep.
These findings also suggest that melatonin may be a bridge between the two powerful systems that govern sleep: the circadian system and the homeostatic sleep system.
In fact, Purium has a product, ApotheCherry, which contains melatonin and helps promote better sleep. I use this product and I can attest to the fact that 30 minutes after I drink it, I fall asleep easily, sleep through the night and wake up refreshed.
So if you’re aren’t sleeping well, try getting some melatonin and see if that helps you have sweet dreams.