Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that tells your body when it’s time to head to bed. And the ability for your body to wind down for the night and have restful, restorative sleep is paramount for your overall body to function optimally. In order to get quality sleep, your circadian rhythm (or your body’s internal clock) must function properly. Melatonin plays a key role in your circadian rhythm, increasing when it starts to get dark outside and thus signaling to your body it’s time for sleep. It also binds to receptors in the body helping you relax.
Aside from helping to induce sleep, melatonin also stimulates the release of hGH (human growth hormone), a hormone that plays an important role in body composition, cell repair, and growth. It also boosts muscle growth, body strength, and exercise performance.
- Melatonin can help regulating your sleep-wake cycles
- Melatonin can be used for insomnia
- Melatonin has been known to help irritable bowel syndrome, hormonal changes like menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, and other health conditions