Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone synthesized in the brain that regulates normal sleep and wake cycles.
Melatonin levels naturally start to rise in the evening and remain elevated for most of the night, signaling to our body that it is time to sleep. As melatonin levels rise, we become less alert, feel drowsy, and eventually fall asleep.
Those who sleep, on average, less than six hours per night have been shown to be much more likely to be obese and develop abnormal blood glucose levels (a precursor to Type 2 diabetes) than those who average seven to eight hours a night.
Sleep deprivation can have serious mental and physical consequences resulting in poor concentration, impaired coordination, blurred vision, compromised immune function, and increased risk of morbidity and mortality.
Women who do not get at least six hours of sleep a night are also more likely to have high blood pressure which could lead to cardiovascular disease over time.
Besides keeping the immune system functioning normally, sleep also helps stimulate tissue repair, muscle growth, and protein synthesis.
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