- Helps reduce the time needed to fall asleep
- Vegetarian formula
- Take 1 tablet a day
- Each service provides 1.8mg of melatonin
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin by HSN Essentials is a supplement made from melatonin, a hormone that is produced and synthesized completely naturally by our body in the pineal gland, located in our brain.
What is the function of Melatonin?
Melatonin for sleeping
One of the main reasons is our rhythm of life. A clear example is: before we go to bed, normally, the last thing that we do is watch television or look at our mobile phones. These devices emit light radiation, and it is precisely light that tends to inhibit the synthesis of melatonin, which is done during the night as a reaction to the dark. (1)
Another important reason is that the body's synthesis of melatonin reduces with age. The highest levels of this hormone are found in childhood and adolescence, decreasing considerably in old age (nearly a 90% when you reach the age of 70). For this reason in the last years melatonin supplements have become so popular as a natural treatment for sleep disturbances. (2)
What are the properties of melatonin?
- To mitigate the subjective feelings of jet lag
- To reduce the time needed to fall asleep
Benefits of Melatonin
It is known for its antioxidant effects that are associated to mitigating the symptoms of aging, this is why it is known as 'the hormone of youth.'
It helps to balance mood, fight depression and people who are feeling down. (3)
Melatonin and migraine
A study could prove that this hormone can decrease the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Scientists attribute these properties to its anti-inflammatory effect. (4)
Side Effects of Melatonin
Melatonin is a safe supplement, however, certain people may present some of the following side effects:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Light headaches
Other less common melatonin side effects may include abdominal discomfort, mild anxiety, irritability, confusion, and short-term depressive feelings.
In addition, melatonin supplements may interact with various medications, including:
- Blood-thinning medications
- Immunosuppressive drugs
- Diabetes medications
- Birth control pills
It is highly recommended to consult a doctor in the case of taking any of these medications.
Who can take Melatonin?
- People who have sleep disturbances
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2. Madaeva IM, Danusevich IN, Zhambalova RM, Kolesnikova LI. [Melatonin in therapy of sleep disorders age-related estrogen deficiency]. Zh Nevrol Psikhiatr Im S S Korsakova. 2017;117(5):81-84. doi: 10.17116/jnevro20171175181-84.
3. Uyanikgil Y, Cavusoglu T, Kilic KD, Yigitturk G, Celik S, Tubbs RS, Turgut M. Useful Effects of Melatonin in Peripheral Nerve Injury and Development of the Nervous System. J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2017 Feb 16;12(1):e1-e6. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1597838. eCollection 2017 Jan.
4. Esposito E, Cuzzocrea S. Antiinflammatory activity of melatonin in central nervous system. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2010 Sep;8(3):228-42. doi: 10.2174/15701591