Wise-up Wednesday: Melatonin for Winter Nights

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During the shorter days of the winter months, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual.

Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.

Melatonin is a natural hormone that is released by the brain’s pineal gland during the darkest hours of night and is crucial for regulating the body’s sleep schedule.

Light affects how much melatonin your body produces. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of what is commonly called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter depression.

Also, natural melatonin levels slowly drop with age. Some older adults make very small amounts of it or none at all.

Many individuals suffer from sleep disturbances due to a variety of factors.  Several reasons have been mentioned above and other sleep stealer’s include: inconsistent work schedules, a snoring spouse,  or incontinence.  Research has shown that oral melatonin supplements are a helpful way to support getting to sleep and to maintain sleep for a healthy night’s rest.

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