Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia may be the result of a medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, stress, anxiety, depression, menopause or chronic pain.
It may be also be caused by a nutritional deficiencies or caused by overuse of stimulants (i.e. caffeine).
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain which makes us feel sleepy. It responsible for the regulation of our sleep and wake cycles, hence its recent recommendation for treatment of insomnia.
It has been favoured by many specialists as an alternative to prescribing sedatives such as benzodiazepines, which can be addictive, or antihistamines which can have hangover effects the next day.
At Life Compounding, we compound Melatonin in capsules, suspensions and troches. Melatonin is a prescription item so you will need to talk to your GP or specialist.