Benefits of Melatonin
Did you know? Melatonin is a hormone that naturally occurs in the body. Released by the pineal gland, melatonin is responsible for managing the body’s natural sleep/wake cycle also known as the circadian rhythm. The release of melatonin in the body normally happens as the day gets darker and this signals your body to prepare for rest.
However, there are people who find sleep hard to come by for a variety of reasons. It may be caused by changes in everyday routines like working the night shift, jet lag, and sometimes even short-term insomnia, among others.
If you’re one of them, know that there’s no shame in finding healthy and safe means to achieve quality sleep. As you take melatonin regularly, you’ll find that you’re able to sleep faster and better, and with better sleep quality comes other health benefits.
Melatonin helps strengthen the immune system.
As melatonin helps improve your sleep cycle, it also helps regulate your immune system. Melatonin stimulates the production of cells responsible for addressing inflammation which can be caused by infections.
Melatonin helps maintain energy balance.
The amount of sleep you get, no matter how much or how little, affects your body’s energy cycle. For instance, lack of sleep increases ghrelin levels, the hormone responsible for boosting your appetite thus making you feel that you need to consume more energy in the form of food. Sleeping too little also makes you tired and lowers your level of wakefulness. Taking melatonin can help you sleep on time, get enough rest, and maintain your energy throughout the day.
Melatonin helps you stay focused.
Getting quality sleep helps you focus throughout the day. When you’re functioning on limited sleep, your neurons become overworked and may fall short in giving you optimal cognitive performance.
Melatonin helps care for your skin.
There’s a reason why “beauty sleep” is called such. The skin repairs itself best when you’re asleep but for it to be truly refreshed when you wake up, you need to get enough Zzzs. As you sleep, your skin reverses the damage caused by everyday elements like the sun’s UV rays, pollution, and other toxins by producing enzymes stimulated by melatonin. In addition, melatonin helps reduce inflammation which in turn helps prevent puffiness the next morning.
Melatonin helps you deal with stress and anxiety.
We’ve all done it–pulling an all-nighter whether it’s for school, work, or catching up on our favorite shows. This is not exactly a cardinal sin, but if sleeping too late is becoming more of a habit than a one-time thing, it can take a toll on your stress levels. Apart from helping maintain cognitive function, lack of sleep disrupts our emotional regulation. Studies also link poor sleep habits with the development of mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Melatonin can help you develop better sleep habits as you take it consistently at the same time every night.
The Good in Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Let’s face it–sleep isn’t just necessary–it is amazing. It is during sleep that our body takes its time to recharge so that we feel refreshed when we wake up. Our body also goes on repair mode when we sleep–from muscles, organs, down to our last cell–to make sure that everything’s good in the hood.
But how does sleep really help you stay in shape? Here are the benefits your body thanks you for when you get quality sleep:
Sleep boosts the immune system.
Getting enough sleep helps strengthen your immunity which means your body can help fight off illnesses better. Studies show that people who only get 7 hours of sleep or less are more likely to catch a cold than those who sleep more.
Sleep keeps your heart strong.
When you don’t get adequate sleep, your body releases more cortisol (also known as the stress hormone) making your heart do extra work to cope, and an overworked heart can put you at risk of heart disease. Keep your health healthy by going to bed on time and getting enough sleep.
Sleep helps with weight management.
We’re not saying you’ll magically lose pounds as you sleep, but adequate shut-eye time helps your body regulate the production of appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin. Getting quality sleep also keeps the production leptin in check, the hormone that tells you when you’re already full.
Sleep promotes everyday body repair
The body goes into full-on repair mode the moment you fall asleep. Keep in mind that your body needs enough time to make sure it recovers from daily stressors so allow yourself 8 hours of sleep every day as much as you possibly can.
Sleep improves your focus.
There is wisdom in the expression “Itulog mo na ‘yan!” (“Sleep on it!”) when you’re faced with tough choices. Getting proper sleep keeps you alert which helps you make decisions and stay focused on everyday activities like working, studying, exercising, pursuing hobbies, and even interacting with others.
DISCLAIMER: These statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Nightol is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Organica Nutrition are not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you are taking any medications or have underlying medical conditions. Results may vary per individual.
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