Melatonin is a popular sleep aid. Build Better Sleep was contacted to contribute for this article for the United Kingdom company Dreams.
It is a great article on everything about Melatonin.
Melatonin has its place after you make sure your environment is setup properly.
How To Sleep Better
If you’re having difficulty sleeping, it could be due to your exposure to light, which confuses your signalling system. Jason Piper, a certified sleep coach and founder of Build Better Sleep told us:
“Melatonin is also known as the Dracula hormone because it only comes out at night. It is produced in the pineal gland and released when it is dark out. It helps us to feel sleepy, entrain our circadian rhythm, and is the body’s strongest antioxidant.
The body has natural rhythms to wake us up and to put us to sleep. This is very useful. In the morning our cortisol levels naturally rise to wake us up and prime us for the day. Cortisol is good in the morning as it makes us alert, clear thinking, and gives us energy. At night as the sun sets, our eyes register the changing light and melatonin is released so that we feel sleepy, so we can rest and repair the body overnight.
If you think back to a time before electricity, this worked perfectly. We were up at daylight to hunt, farm, and gather. All of the days’ activities were done during daylight hours and then night time was dedicated to sleeping.
Fast forward to today, and most of society is living opposite of their biological clocks and it is wreaking havoc on their bodies. We wake up and head off to spend most of the day inside a building under dim lighting compared to the sun. We then come home and turn on bright lights compared to what is outside when it is dark. This action tells the body it is still daytime. This is why a number of people are having a hard time falling asleep. They are sending mixed signals to their brain.”
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My name is Jason Piper and I am a certified sleep and nutrition coach from Metro Detroit. I help people and businesses to rebuild their sleep for more energy, concentration, and creativity. Work with me to rebuild your sleep with my Sleep Analysis.