Melatonin, also called the sleepiness hormone, is produced primarily in the pineal gland of the brain. In response to waning daylight levels, melatonin levels rise, typically two hours before habitual bedtime, and decline in the morning. Melatonin is also produced in the gut and is available as a dietary supplement. Some people with primary sleeping disorders use melatonin to help them fall asleep. While some research indicates that melatonin helps with sleep latency — or the ability to fall asleep — it may not support a person’s ability to stay asleep. The increasing popularity of melatonin as a sleep aid may be due to its lower side effect profile than other sleeping medications. In this clip, Dr. Satchin Panda describes the pharmacokinetics and possible benefits and drawbacks of taking supplemental melatonin.
This clip was taken from the FoundMyFitness Clubhouse interview with Satchin Panda found at
Original episode published on July 6, 2021
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