Improving the quality of your sleep can make you feel as good as winning the lottery, a new study suggests. British researchers analyzed the slumber patterns of more than 30,500 people over the course of four years and found those who made positive changes in their sleep habits were significantly happier and healthier. In fact, researchers said, the mental and physical advantages of better sleep were similar to improvements observed in British lottery winners two years after they’ve hit a $250,000 jackpot, reports ScienceDaily.com.
It’s estimated that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep, which puts them at higher risk of developing diabetes, obesity, depression, and other chronic health issues.
Are you one of the many people that occasionally has problems sleeping? You should know that Melatonin is important for your body’s sleep cycle and supports restful sleep patterns.
Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body’s pineal (pih-knee-uhl) gland. This is a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of the brain. During the day the pineal is inactive. When the sun goes down and darkness occurs, the pineal is “turned on” by the SCN and begins to actively produce melatonin, which is released into the blood. Usually, this occurs around 9 pm. As a result, melatonin levels in the blood rise sharply and you begin to feel less alert. Sleep becomes more inviting.
It is likely you have experienced a sleepless night now and then. But as you get older, it’s not uncommon for those occasional nights to become the norm. In reality this may be much more serious than you might think – it may be increasing your risk of developing breast cancer or even prostate cancer.
Melatonin, inhibits the growth of cancer cells. As an added benefit, melatonin is the most efficient, most effective anti-aging substance known! In general, most people only think of sleep assistance when they think of melatonin. But this misconception has led to a casual attitude toward this most important hormone. It also is very inexpensive which also downgrades the allure that we seem to desire when we purchase something.
Melatonin could be one of the most important supplements you take on a daily basis whether you think you need it or not. Produced during darkness and almost totally inhibited by light, melatonin first came under intense scrutiny when it was discovered that women who worked the night shift had a significant increase in breast cancer. The proof of the relationship came from a study which linked melatonin to the inhibition of an enzyme called aromatase. This enzyme is used by both men and women to make estradiol and other estrogens. High aromatase equals high estrogen content which can be a factor in breast cancer. The link was further bolstered by exposing cancer cells to melatonin-rich and melatonin-poor blood. As suspected the melatonin-poor blood allowed free growth of cancer cells while melatonin-rich blood inhibited the growth rate.
Research also indicates that men could be protected from prostate cancer by melatonin. The research was published just a few months ago on an almost exact same experiment on night men workers. A three hundred percent increase in prostate cancer in night working men! And to carry things further, aromatase inhibitors (like melatonin) have been found to inhibit prostate cancer cell growth. I know that many of you have only read this far because I said melatonin was a great anti-aging substance.
Research with old male rats who had poor appetite, no sexual drive and scruffy fur had their pineal glands exchanged with the pineal glands of young rats. Within 10 days an astounding transformation occurred: the old rats grew shiny fur, had great appetite and chased female rats whenever the opportunity presented itself. The young rats aged at a rapid pace and looked and acted like old rats.
We don’t know of a single elderly gentleman who wouldn’t like that kind of transformation – but you don’t have to find a young man to donate his pineal gland to you, just use some melatonin at bedtime and rejuvenate yourself.
The obvious questions arise: is it toxic and what is the suggested dosage? There are over 6,000 published studies on the use of melatonin and the general consensus is that it is safe in almost any dose although the accepted daily dose is about 3 mg. There is about 2 percent of the population who react in an opposite fashion to melatonin and are stimulated by its use. These individuals rarely have sleep problems and we suggest they take it in the morning. Most younger individuals make all the melatonin they need, so supplementation of the young is rarely indicated.
From a nutritional, scientific perspective, if you over 39 years of age: Use 3 mg of melatonin every night at bedtime for cancer prevention and to keep you young!
Let’s Talk Health offers two different Melatonin formulas. One is a capsule form of 3 mg and another is in a liquid dropper providing the option to get up to 20 mg per dose as recommended by your healthcare practitioner or personal needs.