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Qualitative Sleep in a Fast-Paced World


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Healthy quality sleep is extremely important for our general well-being. Enough sleep increases the ability to concentrate. On average, we need six to nine hours of sleep per day. However, many people suffer from sleep disorders or have difficulty falling or staying asleep. It is also a common problem for the elderly that the quality of sleep continuously decreases with age; and so does the regeneration within the individual sleep phases. This leads to a lack of qualitative sleep and is likely to cause daytime fatigue, irritability, memory problems and depression.


Melatonin as the “Sleep Hormone"


Also known as the "sleep hormone", Melatonin is the body's own substance that controls our day-night rhythm. Besides some other biological processes, it makes us sleepy. Melatonin is produced in the so-called pineal gland within the interbrain. In the dark, the pineal gland releases melatonin into the bloodstream, peaking between 2 and 3am at night. By daylight, the distribution slows down.


Causes of sleep disorders


Factors such as stress, irregular working hours, or the constant gaze of bright displays can upset our body so that the natural release of melatonin can be inhibited. Especially when travelling through time zones, the day-night rhythm is destabilized. Therefore, jet lags can equally lead to fatigue, early awakening or insomnia, headache, blurred thinking, irritability, constipation and decreased immunity. For each skipped time zone, it can take up to a day to fully recover from it.


Melatonin is the natural solution for sleep disorders


Melatonin as a plant-based preparation can help tackling insomnia. But it is not a sleep aid in a classical sense. Melatonin does not work at the push of a button like usual chemical sleeping pills, but enforces sleep in a 100% natural way.

Taking melatonin benefits people with disturbed day-night rhythms (e.g. shift workers), people in very prestigious environments or people aged 55 and older whose melatonin levels are falling naturally. This is indicated by studies that have examined the intake of melatonin for jet lag symptoms. For example, Melatonin taken in the evening (in the new time zone) quickly sets back the biological clock and relieves the symptoms almost completely or even prevents them altogether.


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Melatonin Secretion through the Pineal Gland (Source: http://ib.bioninja.com)

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