Melatonin is the hormone produced by the epiphysis as soon as it starts getting dark. It is produced from the amino acid Tryptophan and the neurotransmitter Serotonin. Disruptions in day and night rhythms can interfere with melatonin production. Night work, jet lag, insufficient exposure to daylight, stress and lack of exercise also inhibit melatonin production. Symptoms associated with melatonin deficiency include difficulty in falling asleep, frequent waking during the night and restless sleep. Besides treating sleep problems, melatonin can also be used as an antioxidant or immunity-boosting agent.
Melatonin contributes to:
- the alleviation of a subjective feeling of jet lag
- reducing the time it takes to fall asleep
- contains only melatonin
- helps reduce the time it takes to fall asleep