It is annoying enough when you are experiencing hot flashes day in and day out, then you feel yourself going through mood swings, and on top of all that, menopause can also make it harder to sleep.
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Luckily, there are ways to improve your ability to fall asleep. A popular and common method is the use of melatoninmelatonin.
Melatonin is a natural neurotransmitter-like compound that is produced mainly by the pineal gland. It is sometimes referred to as a hormone and is involved in a variety of processes of the biological and physiologic regulation in the body. Though most of the research on melatonin has been on improving sleep, some studies have also shown that melatonin may be effective in breast cancer, fibrocystic breast diseases and colon cancer. Studies have also shown that melatonin may boost the immune system, slow down brain aging, reduce migraines, protect bone mass and assist with depressive symptoms caused by seasonal affective disorder (“the winter blues”).
Melatonin has been the topic of over 100 preclinical research studies. In scientific studies, those who took melatonin were found to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, experience less restlessness and experience less daytime fatigue. It has also been found to help alleviate jet lag, and depressive symptoms!
Make sure you take a low dose, because a high dose can actually make you feel more awake. Sleep is incredibly important so if you find yourself not being able to get enough sleep, try adding melatonin to your routine!