Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It
helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body's circadian rhythm. The
circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a critical role in
when we fall asleep and when we wake up. When it is dark, your body produces
more melatonin; when it is light, the production of melatonin drops. Being
exposed to bright lights in the evening or too little light during the day can
disrupt the body' s normal melatonin cycles. For example, jet lag, shift work,
and poor vision can disrupt melatonin cycles.
As one of
the primary neurotransmitters, GABA is responsible for inhibitory processes. It
elevates the production of alpha waves associated with feeling relaxed (without
drowsiness) while boosting mental alertness.
root (valeriana officinalis) is derived from a plant native to Europe and Asia.
The root of this plant has been used for thousands of years to support normal
mood and regulate restful sleep.