Natural Factors Melatonin 3mg Peppermint 210 tabs
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain. The exact function of melatonin is still poorly understood, but it is critically involved in regulating the body's circadian rhythms "the natural biorhythm of hormone secretion" as well as the sleep/wake cycle. Release of melatonin is stimulated by darkness and suppressed by light. It appears that some people may under-produce melatonin at night when it is needed, and over-produce it during the day when it should be low.
- Melatonin plays an important role in the induction of sleep.
- Several double-blind trials have shown melatonin supplementation to be very effective in promoting sleep.
- Low melatonin secretion at night are thought to be an extremely common cause of insomnia in the elderly, while in younger individuals this is less of a factor.
- Shift Workers: melatonin may help shift workers adjust to new sleep patterns when shifts are changing.
- Jet Lag:
- Use during and for 5 days after travel that crosses time lines.
- Several double-blind studies have shown 3 to 5 mg of melatonin to be very effective in relieving jet lag.
- Seasonal Affect Disorder: melatonin supplementation may improve SAD because it not only increases brain melatonin levels, but also because it may suppress cortisol secretion.
Adults: dissolve 1-3 tablets under the tongue once daily, at bedtime only or as directed by a health care practitioner. For use beyond 4 weeks, consult a health care practitioner.
Children: not suitable for use in children unless specifically recommended and monitored by a health care practitioner.
Pregnancy and Nursing: as the effects of melatonin during pregnancy and lactation have not been sufficiently evaluated, it should not be used during these times.