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Your body operates on cycles and rhythms. There are cycles for hormones, cycles for detoxification, rebuilding cells and more. The body uses cycles for sleep in the same way. Cycles create and dictate hormones levels and how your body operates.

Melatonin is known as the “sleep hormone” as it is produced between 8-9 PM each night. If the body isn’t producing melatonin properly you’ll have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep. Melatonin is an endogenous hormone, which means that its produced internally. The pineal gland (located in your brain) is the gland responsible for producing melatonin and serotonin.

This is How Melatonin Works

Melatonin supplements are exogenous hormones. This means that they are given to the body from an external source. This signals the body that “there’s enough melatonin, no need to produce” which then harms the body, health and sleep cycles in the long run. Your body comes dependent on the supplement instead of producing itself, naturally.

There are healthier ways to optimize sleep function and improve rest and relaxation. Relying on a supplement that causes your body to down regulate it’s natural biological function is not going to serve your health in the long run.

A better approach to optimize sleep function is to understand how light, both sunlight and artificial light (light bulbs, screens) are responsible for the body producing melatonin. If you simply learn how and when to optimize light exposure you can optimize your hormone and sleep function without the melatonin supplement.

Watch this video to learn more about how light influences melatonin production and optimization: 

If you have even one friend who struggles with sleep, insomnia or staying asleep please share this with them. They will appreciate it!