What is Melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone produced in the body. Its primary job is to regulate night and day cycles. Darkness stimulates higher production of melatonin which then, in turn, signals the body to go to sleep. Daylight signals the body to produce less melatonin, which signals the body to stay awake. These processes make up a part of what is called "The Circadian Rhythm"

Other roles of melatonin are known to be:
  • Orchestrate the complex interactions between mind and body
  • Influence hormones and behavioral functions
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Regulate cardiovascular function
  • Act as an antioxidant (an antioxidant helps to protect the cells from damage)

Could reduce symptoms of seasonal depression. 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also called seasonal depression, is a common condition that is estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. Research indicates that it could be linked to changes in your circadian rhythm caused by seasonal light changes. 

Melatonin plays a role in regulating circadian rhythm, low doses are often used to decrease symptoms of seasonal depression.

Can promote eye health.

Melatonin is high in antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage and keep your eyes healthy. 

Research suggests that melatonin could be beneficial in treating conditions like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 

May help treat GERD. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition caused by the backflow of stomach acid in the esophagus, resulting in symptoms like heartburn, nausea, and belching. 

Melatonin has been shown the block the secretion of stomach acids. It also decreases the production of nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes your lower esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid to enter your esophagus. 

About the testing:
When your hair sample is analyzed, our biotechnology can assess the melatonin levels found in the body. Then, it looks for the "in range" markers to understand if your levels fall within or outside of range. 

There are many different reasons why some people may have lower levels of melatonin in the body. By becoming aware of your current levels, there are various treatments and ways you can help address your sleep. 

If you feel anxious or uneasy when you wake up, you may not be getting anu=ough REM sleep. You will want to monitor your REM sleep through the usage of a sleep app or device. 

If you feel wide awake at night and like you can't sleep or you have a hard time falling asleep, your melatonin may be imbalanced. In this case, you will want to monitor your melatonin levels with regular tests and implement ways to improve them. 

If you feel unrested when you wake up, you may not be getting enough deep sleep. You will want to monitor your deep sleep through the usage of a sleep app or device.