Melatonin causes the body temperature drops, so the body knows it is night and go rest. When the substance is present in the blood, we become drowsy and we fall asleep .
If the light, melatonin production stops and we wake up. As we age, the body produces less melatonin; Therefore, older people sleep less. Melatonin calms and restores the body, which is essential for optimal health. The substance supports the cardiovascular system, protects against free radicals, supports the immune system, has a beneficial effect on aging and reduces tension.
Everyone makes the sleep hormone melatonin. That production of melatonin your body changes are in aging, daily sleep, shift work or jet lag. Melatonin tablets help your body to sleep better; that restores your natural day / night rhythm. Since it is a natural substance in the body, and no sleep-inducing drug, it has no side effects such as addiction.
Disadvantages are that it may cause drowsiness during the day. In addition, it affects your hormone balance has and it is wise to use it sparingly. In the US, melatonin is the most common way to sleep better. In the Netherlands melatonin is freely available from pharmacy.
There are good homeopathic remedies on the market, such as valerian drops, herbal teas or essential oils. Also eating certain foods, like milk or malt products, promote the production of melatonin in your body. But only in small quantities.