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The Role of Melatonin in Sleep

Posted by Ben White on

Melatonin is a ubiquitous little hormone that comes in an indolamine package similar to serotonin, its precursor. Thanks to its unique structure, it can travel easily through the blood stream and readily crosses the blood-brain and placental barriers. It is synthesized and used all over the body to perform a number of indispensable roles. It’s the main reason our bodies know what time it is and what it’s supposed to be doing at any given moment. It signals the transcription of genes that regulate the cell cycle, neutralize free radicals, and decrease inflammation. Its claim to fame, however, is its role in promoting sleep. Melatonin's Daily...

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