Melatonin is an artificial hormone that is artificially produced to help deal with sleep disorders. It is used to provide and alternative to the normal sleeping pills prescribed by doctors that usually come with dangerous side effects. As much as it is believed that melatonin can help stimulate sleep the National Institute of Health thinks differently.
The most common use of melatonin is the use to stimulate sleep for those with sleep disorders and jet lag effects. Melatonin is a natural hormone that the pineal gland in the brain produces. The levels of melatonin are known to go up at night and then reduce significantly when day light sets in. This has prompted the hormone to be called the darkness hormones.
The artificial melatonin is manufactured in the dosage of 0.1 and 0.5 milligrams amounts. The recommended dosage ranges from 0.5 to 10 milligrams and one is supposed to take the drug as one prepares to go to bed. The hormone is available in liquid, tablet and a form which is placed under the tongue referred to as sub-lingual.
Even though patients who use melatonin say that it aids stimulate sleep, research by clinicians is considered uncertain its long term usage effects are as yet not identified. The National Institute for Health affirms that the use of melatonin in considered safe if used in the prescribed doses and in short periods of time. Another use for melatonin has been on domestic dogs to help reduce anxiety, improve hair growth and lessen the loss of hair.
A good amount found on the United States stores is synthetic in nature although the natural type is also found. The natural grade melatonin is found from extracting it from the pineal glands of animals. While the synthetic one is made from pharmaceutical elements.
The FDA considers melatonin as an herbal supplement and this they do not regulate it. Any one considering using melatonin is advised to consult with the doctor before embarking on a treatment. One should keep away from duties that require high levels of alertness as the use of melatonin will result in one feeling drowsy and can thus result in serious accidents. The use of synthetic melatonin is favored than the natural one due to the fear of catching diseases through animal products.
According to research conducted by ScienceDaily.com it has been discovered that the use of melatonin can aid in fighting oxidants as well as the free radicals effects & assist in postponing the neurodegenerative aging effects. There is continued research to find out other uses of melatonin including the promotion of a feel good sense and the strengthening the immune system.