Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It plays a crucial role in regulating the body’s circadian rhythm, which is responsible for managing the natural sleep cycle. The production of melatonin is triggered by darkness, which signals the body to sleep, while light decreases melatonin production and signals the body to be awake.
While melatonin supplements are usually made in a lab, they are chemically identical to the melatonin produced by the body. Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin, and it’s thought that adding melatonin from supplements might help them sleep.
- Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm.
- Melatonin supplements are chemically identical to the melatonin produced by the body and can help people with low levels of melatonin sleep better.
- Melatonin is most commonly used as a sleep aid for people with insomnia and jet lag.
While there is no good scientific evidence to support the use of melatonin for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, dementia, and many other conditions, it is still widely used for these purposes.