Are you one of those who suffer from fatigue, tiredness and insomnia because of time zone changes due to travel? Today we will talk about the relationship between jet lag disorder and melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by our body in the pineal gland (the one that regulates our circadian rhythms), is released into the bloodstream mostly with darkness and decreases with daylight. Although it does not directly influence the generation of sleep itself, it is responsible for its synchronization.
Jetlag disorder, on the other hand, is caused by constantly changing time zones due to the alteration of the internal biological clock. Normally we feel tired and sleepy during the day because our internal clock still thinks it is night time and every day that you are in a different time zone, your internal clock will only adjust by approximately 1 hour.
It is important to know that besides being our sleep onset indicator, melatonin also helps regulate brain and physical functions so that we can reach the deep stages of sleep, which help you wake up full of energy and not more tired than the day before.
We hope that you will now pay more attention to your body’s rhythms in order to sleep better and that if necessary you should consult your health professionals about taking melatonin.
Other less common side effects of melatonin may include short-term depressive feelings, mild tremors, mild anxiety, colic, irritability, reduced alertness, confusion or disorientation, and abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension). Melatonin may cause daytime drowsiness; therefore, do not drive or use machinery within five hours of taking the supplement.
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