Most of us are familiar with melatonin and it’s purpose:To help you sleep. Or at least to help you get to sleep.
In fact, melatonin is one of the most commonly used supplements in the United States. (Lots of sleepless people out there!)
Scientifically speaking, melatonin is a hormone synthesized from serotonin, the “feel good” hormone.
It’s secreted from the pineal gland (a pea-sized gland, near the center of your brain) over an exact 24-hour cycle.
This cycle is an important part of our circadian rhythm,the system that regulates numerous body functionsover a twenty-four hour cycle, the most obvious of which is the sleep / wake cycle.
Around bedtime, melatonin rises, so you feel sleepy. Then the secretion of melatonin falls during the night, and by morning, levels are low.
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
But we haven’t introduced the epilepsy wild card. That’s where the yes…no…and maybe so…come in.
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