Melatonin has been widely used to ease insomnia. It also protects the cells in our body from harmful free radicals, boosts our immune system, prevents the development of certain cancers, and helps extend life longevity.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, which helps in regulating other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm (body clock). This rhythm is an internal 24-hour clock critical to our body’s sleeping and waking state.

In a darkened environment, our body produces more melatonin; melatonin production drops with increased light. Exposure to bright light in the evening or too little light during the day may disrupt the normal melatonin cycles of the body.

Melatonin is used for:

  • Short-term treatment of sleep problems such as insomnia
  • Relief for jet lag
  • Cluster headaches
  • Reducing anxiety before surgery
  • Decreasing symptoms of smoking withdrawal
  • Improving effectiveness of cancer medications
  • Decreasing sunburn
  • Adjusting sleep schedule in people who do shift work (especially those working graveyard shift)
  • Menopause
  • Benzodiazepine withdrawal
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Epilepsy