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Melatonin will help regulate your sleep so when you wake up, you’re ready to conquer your day!

By Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA
Apr 02, 2017
5:22 am

Melatonin For Sleep

Are you on an antidepressant but have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you feel sleepy, suffer from brain fog, poor memory, and lethargy throughout the day? If so, you might benefit from the safe, quick-acting, and powerful antioxidant called melatonin for sleep.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by a gland in your brain called the pineal gland when it is dark outside. Melatonin release is suppressed when it is light outside or when we are exposed to blue lights– television and phone screens for example.

Melatonin regulates your sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm), and impacts your mood, and regulates many metabolic functions.

Melatonin is one of the 3 main nutrients depleted by the use of anti-depressants, like Prozac, which is one of the main reasons you may be experiencing insomnia while taking your antidepressant.

In addition to regulating sleep and correcting jet lag, few people know of melatonin’s use as a powerful antioxidant in alternative treatments for cancer, aging, and mental health.

Antioxidants are molecules that bind up all of the harmful free radicals circulating in our bodies, thus decreasing the damage caused by oxidation in our cells. To explain oxidation in a little more detail: Oxidation is the reaction occurring when your half-eaten apple turns brown when a car rusts and oxidation is the cause or consequence in some diseases. Other common antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, n-acetylcysteine, and selenium.

Melatonin helps your body regulate hormones, controls irritable bowel, and combats brain fog, difficulty focusing and poor concentration.

Interestingly we see a link between melatonin and the neurotransmitter dopamine. In making dopamine, your brain needs adequate amounts of melatonin. Therefore if you suffer from ADD/ ADHD or any other issues with focus and attention, you might be deficient in melatonin.

Melatonin is particularly important if you’re a busy, over-worked, over-stressed individual. At this point, you’re probably thinking this supplement should be added to your daily regimen. If you’re one of the 11% of Americans on antidepressants1, you’ll be glad to know that this vital hormone is not going to cause any interactions with your bottled sunshine. In fact, it may benefit you even more than the antidepressant alone.

As mentioned above, Melatonin is also a major building block for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters happen to be primarily involved in mood regulation, response to stressors and our overall ability to adapt easily and thrive in life.

How good does that sound? To not just survive in life but to THRIVE?

The regulation of these neurotransmitters is intricately involved in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mental health-related disorders4. Serotonin is the target for SSRIs, impacting the amount available for your body’s use.

To Summarize:

  • Your antidepressant may be depleting your body of melatonin.
  • Melatonin dysregulation leads to insomnia
  • Melatonin is a safe, effective, natural and powerful alternative to medications in helping you sleep again.
  • As an extremely powerful antioxidant, melatonin heals the brain!
  • Melatonin prevents neurdegenerative disorders, for example alzheimers.
  • Melatonin is needed to make dopamine which is the first-line treatment in ADHD/ ADD

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This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Whenever considering changing your protocol whether it includes a change of medications, supplements, diet or lifestyle, always speak with your primary care physician first. Dr. Nicole Cain consults with clients locally and internationally. Dr. Nicole Cain ND MA has helped countless people take back control of their lives, and she can help you. To set up a complimentary consultation, call our office or visit https://drnicolecain.com/getting-started to schedule online.
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