The Facts About Melatonin
Studies on Melatonin have shown it’s antioxidant effects can strengthen the body’s immune system. This naturally occurring hormone is essential for sleep regulation, otherwise known as the circadian rhythm. For women, melatonin also plays an important role in the menstrual cycle.
As far as withdrawal is concerned, melatonin does not lead to any symptoms of dependence. After using the recommended dosage at the suggested time (before sleeping), one seldom experiences a sleep “hang-over” the following morning. Additionally, melatonin does not have as high of a potential for abuse because you cannot form a tolerance to it. With that being said, it is important to follow the FDA guidance for using supplements and ask your doctor before you start.
Who Uses Melatonin?
Melatonin may be used in drug rehab centers to help patients suffering from benzodiazepine addiction. Melatonin is sleep aid and can treat disorders ranging from mental health to skin-irritation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Many night shift workers take melatonin to balance out an irregular sleep-cycle. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) victims may use it to treat moodiness around the fall and into the winter months. Many depressions are due to sleep-deprivation, so using melatonin for improving one’s circadian rhythem may indirectly treat depression-like symptoms, improving the users overall mood and mental health.
Side effects of melatonin may include, but are not limited to: abdominal pain, drowsiness, sleep-walking, confusion, and nightmares. Consult your doctor before taking melatonin. If you or a loved one are in need of addiction support, contact us today.