What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone produced in your body that has a big role in how we sleep, however melatonin production can decrease with age and extenuating circumstances in our lives. If our bodies are lacking in melatonin production due to any number of issues, we need to consume melatonin in order to get better rest.
People commonly use melatonin supplements for sleep disorders, such as insomnia and jet lag. Unlike with many sleep aids and medications, it is very difficult to become dependent on melatonin since it is a natural hormone our bodies make, and there is no hangover effect like other sleep aids.
Research has shown supplementation of melatonin can help circadian rhythm sleep disorders, delayed sleep phases, insomnia, jet lag, shift work sleep disorders, and sleep-wake cycle disturbances.
Recent research is also exploring whether melatonin might improve cognitive impairment in people with Alzheimer’s disease and prevent cell damage associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).