Improving your sleep is easy...

Improving your sleep is easy...

Optimal Health requires 8 hours of SLEEP!

 

One of the corner stones of health and probably the most important is a GOOD 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Our bodies constantly repair itself and most of it is done while we’re asleep.

•    The heart muscle is replaced every 3 months

•    The stomach lining is renewed every 5 days

•    You have new skin every 30days

•    The liver is renewed every 6 weeks

•    98% of the cells in our bodies are replaced each year

 

If you do have trouble sleeping you really should know about melatonin.

Melatonin is a hormone which is secreted by the pineal gland, a pea-size structure at the center of the brain, as our eyes register the fall of darkness. At night melatonin is produced to help our bodies regulate our sleep-wake cycles. The amount of melatonin produced by our body seems to lessen as we get older. Scientists believe this may be why young people have less problem sleeping than older people.

 

Melatonin is one of the least toxic substances known. People have taken as much as 6 grams (600 to 3000 times the normal dosage) of the substance in carefully monitored studies with no sign of toxicity.

 

This all natural “nightcap” has very few side effects. A small number of patients feel a bit groggy in the morning and a very small number experience vivid dreams. You should normally wake up well refreshed and full of energy. If you wake up feeling a little tired you should reduce your dosage until you wake up feeling well refreshed. You will not have the hangover effect you may experience with over the counter or prescription sleeping pills.

 

There may be other benefits. In tests on both rats and mice melatonin caused a significant 20% increase in their lifespan. If melatonin does allow you to live longer and healthier it could do so because melatonin may reduce free radical damage; stimulate an aging immune system; protect the cardiovascular system; preserve a youthful circadian rhythm; stimulate the production of growth hormone.

Current research is underway to determine melatonin's effect as an anti-oxidant, immno-modulator in cancer, delayed sleep-phase disorders, and jet lag.

 

A 1995 rodent study suggests that taking small amounts of melatonin on a regular basis may prevent the age-related decline in testosterone levels, allowing men to be more active sexually in their later years.

Tests are still under way so there is much to still be learned about melatonin and its effects on the human body.

 

Melatonin should only be taken at nighttime, usually about thirty minutes prior to going to bed. If you are traveling on a long trip you may want to take a dosage prior to getting on your flight and a higher dosage pill prior to going to bed. If you commonly sleep during the night, melatonin should not normally be taken during the day - and vice versa - because melatonin plays a role in setting the body's daily clock. As with any substance introduced into your body, if you have a medical condition you should always consult your physician first before taking melatonin.

 

In Melatonin, the pharmaceutical grade ingredients are molecularly identical to the melatonin that we produce in our own bodies, without unwanted extras.

 

We often prescribe (was over the counter supplement not so long ago) melatonin to great effect – there is nothing like getting a good 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Stay healthy

Glenn Twentyman

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