The sleep cycle is a natural pattern our body adopts, which ideally involves staying up during day time and sleeping for about 6 to 8 hours at night, for an average adult. However, owing to a fast-paced lifestyle, sedentary nature of jobs and other things taking priority over the sleep pattern in our lives, following this cycle is not at all easy nowadays.
People work for longer hours, and yet find it hard to drift off to sleep at night. And even when they do, both the quality as well as the amount of sleep they get is not all that healthy. This often results in sleep deprivation and eventually causes various health issues such as obesity, diabetes, stress, fatigue, etc. Apart from affecting our physical as well as mental health, sleeplessness also takes a toll on our interpersonal relationships, reduces our performance, compromises our safety, and makes us further stressed to get a good night’s sleep.
Setting Our Biological Clock Right
Therefore, we cannot stress enough on the fact that sleeping forms an indispensable part of our daily lives. We all need sleep to be able to perform the following day. However, to follow a sleep cycle, we need to attune our body accordingly. We must set our biological clock by being consistent in getting sufficient exposure to light during the day, and to certain darkness during the night.
Exposure to light is known to stimulate a nerve pathway from our eyes to the hypothalamus in our brain. This is followed by the SCN, a special centre in the hypothalamus, sending out signals to the rest of the brain, thus controlling various factors that make us feel either drowsy or alert. The same SCN is also responsible for controlling the release of melatonin. Let us read in detail, what melatonin is, and how it helps in sleeping.
What Is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a natural hormone prepared by the pineal, which is a small, pebble-sized gland present right below our brain. Being associated with sleep onset, melatonin plays a major role in our lives. Also known as the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle, melatonin sends out these signals to our body, thus allowing it to set itself accordingly. It is also called the ‘sleep hormone’, as its high levels help us, even more, to feel sleepy. Although melatonin itself does not help us fall asleep, it slowly gets us into a state that promotes sleep. This eventually lets our body realize that it is about time we begin to feel a little relaxed, and prep up for a good night’s sleep.
How Does Melatonin Work?
Melatonin works in sync with our body’s circadian rhythm. This hormone is usually released at night, and the process begins from evening onwards. The melatonin level in our body rises and reaches its peak about two hours before bedtime. To make the most of that, it is suggested to create an ideal sleep environment around that time, such as dimming the lights and noise, warming/cooling up the surroundings, etc. You also need to disconnect any electronic devices that are likely to keep you from drifting off to sleep, such as TV, Laptop, Mobile Phones, etc. The production as well as its level tends to drop around morning, as our exposure to light begins, which naturally suppresses its making.
Naturally, there are some people whose body is not able to make sufficient hormone. These individuals often complain of being tired and yet not being able to fall asleep as easily as the others do. Then what is the solution? Melatonin supplements help. Melatonin is becoming increasingly popular as a sleeping aid, worldwide. There are various problems that these supplements are believed to provide a solution for. These include Insomnia, delayed sleep phase disorder, sleep work disorder and jet lag, etc.
We must understand that people who usually sleep sound also face difficulty in sleeping occasionally. However, if you happen to be among these individuals, and / or have not been able to sleep well for several nights in a row, you too could use some melatonin.
Other Benefits and Dosage Instructions
Besides inducing sleep and helping us develop a relaxed sleep cycle, melatonin also offers a host of other health benefits. It is a potent antioxidant and is often used to support our sight, relieve symptoms of heartburn, helps with signs of seasonal depression, and also to increase the growth hormone. However, one must consult their doctor or read the dosage instructions carefully, since an inappropriate dosage or consuming it at the wrong time could lead to some side effects and hormonal imbalances.
SleepRite shotz® to help you sleep well
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Author: Dr Sonica Krishan
Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through
Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda
Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant and
Holistic Healing Coach.