In healthy people, melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that originates in the pineal gland. The body clock—the internal system that tells you when it’s time to go to sleep and time to wake up—depends on melatonin.
Other bodily functions depend on melatonin, as well, including the release of hormones that control body temperature, hunger and energy levels. Melatonin is even connected to our moods, and it’s recently been linked to aging, reproduction and the inhibition of tumor growth.
However, many people have melatonin deficiencies. In fact, artificial lighting disrupts your body’s melatonin production—and most of us are exposed to artificial light every day in the office, at home and while we’re enjoying our favorite pastimes.
The largest body of research on melatonin is related to breast cancer; studies have found that adequate levels within the body can help lower a woman’s risk. It’s also being studied for its role in heart health, bone health and more.
Not all melatonin is created equal, though. Many over-the-counter supplements contain fillers and chemicals that inhibit its effectiveness or cause other side effects. Luckily, there is hormone replacement therapy available to assist with low levels of melatonin. To discuss whether Connecticut melatonin therapy is right for you consult with an experienced gynecologist today.
Melatonin deficiency isn’t always easy to diagnose. Your doctor will need to run a series of tests and ask you several questions to determine whether you’re deficient in melatonin. Some of the symptoms of melatonin deficiency include:
These symptoms are characteristic of melatonin deficiencies, but they’re also symptoms of several other illnesses, disorders, and diseases. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a physician who’s familiar with melatonin and its role within the body; a missed diagnosis of melatonin deficiency can have tragic results.
If you are deficient in melatonin, melatonin imbalance therapy in Connecticut could benefit you.
Many people who have a difficult time falling and staying asleep have decreased melatonin production. The problem gets worse as you age; elderly people generally release only half the melatonin that younger people do.
Because melatonin decreases the amount of time we need to fall asleep and increases the amount of time we stay asleep, as well as improves the quality of the sleep we’re getting, it can lead to better health; our bodies regenerate while we rest.
Melatonin has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant. Free radicals have been known to cause oxidative damage that’s connected to cancer, cataracts and immune impairment, as well as several other health problems. While free radicals damage cells, which results in aging (sometimes premature aging, as well), melatonin often acts as a mercenary agent against them.
While every person is unique, you could be suffering from a melatonin deficiency. If you suspect that you are one of the millions of Americans who aren’t producing enough of this essential hormone, call us to set up a confidential consultation and discuss whether Connecticut melatonin therapy is right for you.