Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise after sun down and usually stay elevated during the evening. Once the sun begins to rise, melatonin levels in your body slowly begin to decrease. During the winter months, when it gets darker earlier, melatonin production may begin earlier or later and this may throw off your normal sleep cycle. Perhaps you notice that as daylight changes during the year, you may feel more fatigued, less energetic, and a little moody.
In addition to light, some foods also have an influence on melatonin levels. For instance, if you consume cow’s milk, tomatoes, olives, strawberries, cherries, and/or walnuts – you may notice that you feel calm and relaxed.
Melatonin is non-addictive and doesn’t have negative effects like traditional sleeping pills.
Research shows that Melatonin is effective in treating some conditions such as:
- Insomnia – when you have trouble going to sleep and/or staying asleep. The result of insomnia is a constant feeling of tiredness and this can affect all aspects of your life. For instance, your reflexes may not be as sharp. Also, mental focus and concentration can be affected.
- Many night-shift workers will benefit from melatonin supplements, because it will help their bodies relax and rest – even when it is daylight and their inner clock is telling the brain to stay awake.
- Individuals who are blind may have difficulty distinguishing daytime from night time and this could throw off their natural internal body clock. Melatonin could aid in re-setting the circadian rhythm.
- Jet lag affects people who travel across multiple time zones in a short period of time. This sleep disorder is temporary, but melatonin can get you back on a regular sleep schedule quicker than if you wait for your inner clock to reset itself.
Regardless of the reason that you are not getting quality sleep, call our office today at 949-650-0616. Let us help you get back on a sleep schedule that will benefit your body and that will allow your mind and body to completely rest.