Studies have shown that just tiny doses of replacement melatonin taken at bedtime can
quickly bring blood levels of the hormone back to normal and help induce a good nights sleep.
Patients taking melatonin reported that they had less trouble getting to sleep in the first place–
they dropped off in less than half the time of those with out melatonin supplements. They slept
for longer and they woke up feeling alert and refreshed.
The natural Melatonin cycle of the body.
In a person who is not suffering with insomnia the bodies circadian regulates the production
and secretion of Melatonin via the pineal gland. During the day melatonin levels are at their
lowest level in the body. As the day progresses and evening comes the pineal gland begins to
secrete more melatonin , from around 8.00pm the melatonin level in the body continues to increase
until it reaches its peak at around 03.00 am. Whilst the melatonin levels increase over
the period of the evening and into the night, the body begins to feel relaxed and starts to wind down
into sleep mode. Between 10.00-11.00pm the body begins to feel tired and sends "go to bed"
signals to the brain to tell the person to go to sleep. It is at this point that the body is ready to fall
into a natural sleep. After 03.00 am the pineal gland reduces the amount of melatonin it is secreting
and continues to reduce production until it reaches the body's lowest level at around
07.00 am. This allows the body to slowly wake up in the morning without feeling heavy headed or
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