What is Melatonin?
To understand sleep is to understand Melatonin. Melatonin, also known as N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine, is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in humans and animals; melatonin regulates sleep and wakefulness. When the pineal gland works normally and steadily, the secretion of melatonin will be stronger at nightfall to trigger sleep, and will decrease at dawn for a smooth awakening.
Melatonin is involved in the synchronization of the circadian rhythms including sleep-wake timing, blood pressure regulation, seasonal reproduction in animals, and many others.
Somease is a melatonin spray indicated for individuals who have trouble falling asleep, individuals that have nocturnal waking, and for cases of jet lag.
Somease can be used every night or as required to aid you in falling asleep. The recommended dosage is 3 to 5 sprays under the tongue, depending on individual needs, 5 – 10 minutes before bedtime.
For people who wake up during the night, 2 or 3 sprays to help you fall asleep again.
Circadian rhythm and melatonin
Circadian rythm and melatonin
Many causes exist:
• Endocrine disorders
• Menopause / Age
• Change of season
Consequences of a disturbance
When the body’s rhythm is disturbed, we feel it in many ways:
• Digestive problems
ADHD and melatonin
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often suffer from poor sleep. Their rhythm is naturally disturbed and the medications used to treat their ADHD can also worsen this disturbance.
For some years now, physicians and paediatricians have increasingly turned to melatonin to help these children fall asleep faster and regain a restorative sleep.
Different studies show a sleep improvement in children taking melatonin.*
*-Weiss MD, Wasdell MB, Bomben MM, Rea KJ, Freeman RD. Sleep hygiene and melatonin treatment for children and adolescents with ADHD and initial insomnia. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2006;45(5):512-9.
-Van der Heijden KB, Smits MG, Van Someren EJ, Ridderinkhof KR, Gunning WB. Effect of melatonin on sleep, behavior, and cognition