1- What is melatonin and how does it affect sleep?
Why is it so promising? In short, it regulates our sleeping and waking times, among other things. As the sandman of our body, it is the reason why we actually get tired and come to rest at night.
Specifically, it looks like this: On the back of the midbrain is the pineal gland – it is small, but quite significant. In English one would say: That’s where the magic happens! Because that’s exactly where melatonin is made from the hormone serotonin.
The decisive factor here is light, as it suppresses the formation of the hormone, as described in a publication by the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM). But as soon as it gets dark, melatonin production really gets going.
This in turn triggers a chain reaction, because other body cells are now made aware that darkness has come. The body receives the signal to adjust to sleep – we get tired. And so melatonin is at the wheel of our sleep rhythm.
In a study by the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in Cambridge, scientists came to the conclusion that the hormone could shorten the time it takes to fall asleep. It would also have a positive effect on sleep if melatonin levels were consistently high at night. This means that the hormone has a fairly responsible task in our organism – after all, sleep is indispensable for our health due to its regenerative effect.
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