A Little Bit Of Melatonin Can Put You To Sleep Too
have shown that relatively large doses of the hormone melatonin can put
people to sleep.
Now, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers in Cambridge
report a little bit can have the same effect on some as well.
Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland and is often called the
"hormone of darkness" because it is secreted in humans and other species
only at night.
The hormone, whose function has puzzled researchers for centuries, may
affect all sorts of circadian and seasonal body rhythms, such as day-night
variations in body temperature and the onset of puberty.
Melatonin has been shown to help "reset" the body's internal clock in
blind people, those suffering from jet lag and shift workers who work nights
and sleep during the day.
In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for
Neuroscience in Miami Beach, Irina Zhdanova, principal research scientist in
the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, showed that slightly
increasing the amount of melatonin in their bloodstream can help elderly
insomniacs and children get some shut-eye.
Tip: Melatonin also works well on children as well. The next time
your grandchildren have problems falling asleep, you can safely give them
one small dosage of Melatonin, and within one hour they will dose off to
sleep. You can double check with the child's Pediatrician, and if the child
is of normal health, this is completely safe. I have experienced this with
my own children and all I can say is that it's amazing.