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Many people tend to have slot wallet problems with insomnia. Until you need to find help in order to fall asleep easier One of them is melatonin, which comes as a supplement. But most people understand that it is a "sleeping pill" that is convenient to buy. No doctor's prescription is required. Which is a misunderstanding And can be dangerous If used without consulting a doctor
Importantly, in Thailand, melatonin is not allowed as an ingredient in food or as a dietary supplement. Unlike in the United States Available as a dietary supplement with less stringent quality control requirements. And can be sold online
What is "melatonin"?
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the Pineal Gland that regulates the sleep and wake cycle of the body. The mechanism of the gland depends on the light and temperature, thus, during the day the pineal gland is inactive. But when the sun sets This gland will start to work. And secretes the hormone melatonin into the bloodstream And there is cooling from the body Causing the body temperature to drop Decreased alertness of the body Make the body suitable for sleep And feel sleepy But if melatonin is secreted low, it can cause sleep problems.
Usually, the brain releases melatonin into the bloodstream for 12 consecutive hours (around 9:00 am-9:00pm), where melatonin levels will gradually drop in the morning.
Darkness stimulates the body to release melatonin. To signal that it's time to rest While bright, especially the blue light from the mobile phone screen Or computer monitor Will inhibit the secretion of melatonin Makes people who like to play with mobile phones before going to bed, so it is harder to sleep
Melatonin is not a sleeping pill.
The benefit of melatonin is that it helps normalize the sleep cycle. But does not directly treat insomnia It only stimulates the feeling of sleepiness. And sleep easier Not a sleeping pill at all
Nowadays, the use of melatonin. It is often intended to relieve jet lag. Or exhaustion from the inability of the body to adapt when traveling abroad across time zones Or a long plane ride
It also applies to Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, adjusts sleep time for people with sudden adjustments to their work schedule. People who have difficulty sleeping at night And people with insomnia Especially the elderly who have sleep problems due to the body's secretion of melatonin less.
Melatonin is a controlled drug. Can't buy by yourself
As mentioned above that in Thailand Melatonin is not as commercially available as it is in the United States. Because it is classified as a dangerous drug Must be used only as directed by your doctor. Because if exposure to hormones for a long time may cause harm to the body. And can have side effects such as daytime drowsiness, headache, dizziness, nightmares, stomach discomfort, irritability, anxiety and short-term depression.
Melatonin also has precautions that should be avoided in patients with impaired liver disease and kidney disease. Avoid concomitant use with agents that activate enzymes that destroy melatonin.
Melatonin-containing drugs are currently registered as a specially controlled drug. Only allowed in the hospital. Or must be controlled by order or under the advice of a doctor only