Psychiatrists treating my clients for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder also recommended they take melatonin as a sleep aid. Sleep problems occur along with ADHD.
Melatonin has been a mystery hormone for decades. We now know that it not only induces sleep but “keeps the brain in order”, too.
Melatonin is released by the pineal gland which is a very small brain structure that tells the body it’s time to rest when darkness falls.
During the night, melatonin levels are high, but decline during the day. The rise and fall of melatonin affects our internal clock which gets disturbed when traveling between time zones.
Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation and protects the brain during daily functioning and when it’s injured.
Melatonin drops dramatically as we age which explains why insomnia is common among the elderly. Talk with your doctor about adding it to your supplement regimen.
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