Wake Up, Philippines!

Melatonin enhances sleep, boosts energy

Posted in Health, Sleep by Erineus on April 19, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Rosario P., 72-year-old grandmother; Mauro T., 32-year-old call center agent; Lisandro D., 54-year-old stressed executive who travels frequently, and Laura D., 52-year-old housewife who is a self-confessed television addict.

What do these people have in common? They used to have sleep problems and have benefited a lot from taking melatonin supplementation nightly.

A good night’s sleep is an important means of the body and mind to recharge, and the use of natural sleep enhancers like Melatonin-T can also help improve one’s health and wellness.

Increased vigor and vitality also follow with the improvement in sleep.

Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates sleep. During daylight, the pineal gland in the brain produces an important neurotransmitter called serotonin. (A neurotransmitter is a chemical that relays messages between nerve cells.)

But at night, the pineal gland stops producing serotonin and instead makes melatonin. This melatonin release helps trigger sleep.

The production of melatonin varies according to the amount of light one is exposed to, such that the body produces more melatonin in a completely dark room than in a dimly lit one.

Melatonin secretion decreases as one gets older. Scientists believe this may be the reason why older people have problems sleeping and have shorter hours of sleep.

Health experts are also now seriously studying the possibility of melatonin’s potential benefit in extending lifespan.

In test-tube and animal experiments, researchers have found that melatonin protects cells, strengthens the immune system, slows the growth of some tumors, and protects the heart and blood vessels.

Trianon Melatonin-T is available as an over-the-counter supplement in Mercury, Watson and other leading drugstores nationwide. The brand has received several awards locally for product and marketing excellence.