There are many types of hormones in the human body, which are responsible for different functions. To stay healthy, all the hormones in the human body must be in balance. When any hormone is unbalanced, various diseases start to arise. One such hormone is melatonin. It is a natural hormone, which is produced by the pineal gland present in the brain. Melatonin hormone works to balance the process of sleep.

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Today in this article you will learn in detail about the functions of the melatonin hormone -

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  1. What is the melatonin hormone?
  2. Functions of the melatonin hormone
  3. How to increase the melatonin hormone?
  4. Takeaway
Doctors for Melatonin Hormone Function and How to Increase

Melatonin is a natural hormone, which is mainly produced by the pineal gland present in the brain. Although the effect of the melatonin hormone in the human body is not completely clear, most research shows that melatonin plays an important role in the circadian rhythm ie the sleep-wake cycle. Let us tell you that circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes, which follow a 24-hour cycle. This is the sleep-wake cycle of a person. The pineal gland produces more melatonin at night, whereas during the day, less amount of this hormone is secreted.

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Melatonin manages the sleep-wake cycle. Along with this, there are many other functions of this hormone, which are as follows -

Improve sleep

When it is dark, the pineal gland secretes more melatonin. At the same time, there is less production of melatonin as soon as it comes in contact with light. Talking in simple language, the level of melatonin in the blood decreases during the day, and its level increases during the night. When the level of melatonin is high in the body, it helps a person to get sound sleep. Along with the melatonin hormone, other factors also contribute to the ability to fall asleep and the quality of sleep. When its level is low, there can be problems related to sleep like - insomniasleep disorder, and sleep deprivation.

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Make periods regular

Melatonin hormone helps in improving female health. It also works in conjunction with female hormones. It has been found in many research that melatonin can help in regularizing menstruation.

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Protect against neurodegeneration

A good level of melatonin hormone can also protect against neurodegeneration. It is the loss of function of neurons. Neurodegeneration can cause diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Anti-aging properties

Melatonin hormone can also prevent the signs of aging from appearing before age. Research has found that people who have low levels of melatonin hormone, start seeing signs of aging at an early age. At the same time, melatonin has anti-aging properties, which prevent aging.

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When there is a lack of melatonin hormone in the body, many problems start to arise. Especially the whole cycle of sleep gets disturbed. When a person has sleep problems, the doctor may recommend getting the melatonin hormone tested. Melatonin can be tested through blood, urine, and saliva. If the melatonin level is found to be low in the test, then the doctor may prescribe a melatonin supplement to increase the melatonin hormone -

  • Several studies have shown that people's sleep improves after taking a melatonin supplement, but there is not enough research to see if it works for everyone. If the doctor recommends taking this supplement, then you can consume it.
  • High dosages of melatonin supplements can be harmful to pregnant women. Along with this, lactating women should also take this supplement in limited quantities or based on the dosage prescribed by the doctor.

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Melatonin is an important hormone for regulating the sleep-wake cycle. So, if anyone is having any problems with sleep or sleeping, talk to your doctor. Doctors may prescribe melatonin supplements for better sleep and well-being. Always consult a doctor before taking melatonin supplements.

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