Blog — sleep balance

An Important Piece of the COVID-19 Puzzle? - Melatonin

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By Margaret N.Groves, M.Phil. ZRT Laboratory The Italian magazine Evolutamente recently published a well-researched article exploring the link between melatonin and COVID-19, pneumonia and inflammation. It’s a compelling article so let’s take a look at the key argument and see why melatonin could be so important. Melatonin and Health Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland during the hours of darkness to usher the initiation of sleep, and peaks at around 2 a.m. Its production is reduced when we are exposed to light during the night, such as when watching TV or looking at other electronic screens late at night....

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Webinar Q&A - The Role of Hormones in Sleep Disturbances

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By Dr. Allison Smith, ZRT Laboratory I would like to thank everyone who joined in our webinar on the Role of Hormones in Sleep Disturbances!  There were a number of questions I wasn’t able to address due to time constraints but they were all excellent questions. I thought at least someone would be interested in a follow-up as I speak to the rest of the questions just as a little wrap-up. Q: Wouldn't it be nice to include Dried Urine Melatonin in your ZRT Comprehensive Profile, to be able to evaluate Morning Cortisol when low? Maybe it is low while Melatonin...

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Melatonin’s Importance Is So Much Bigger Than Sleep

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By Dr Allison Smith, ZRT Laboratory.  I've been up to my elbows in melatonin research for a week now. I always felt like I had a pretty good working knowledge of where melatonin came from in the body, roughly how it was synthesized, the signals that propagate its production, and where it acts. Like most clinicians, I tended to think of it for sleep problems in general and as an adjunct treatment for some of the comorbidities associated with different cancers. I was also vaguely aware that there was a physical reason my colitis patients usually presented with depression and...

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