Is melatonin really a sleeping pill? Expert: Not for all insomnia.

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 Is melatonin really a sleeping pill? Expert: Not for all insomnia.


Its not just stars under high pressure who suffer from insomnia. Some menopausal women often suffer from insomnia because of endocrine problems. Sometimes they toss and turn all night, and only at daybreak can they sleep for two or three hours.

People spend more than one third of their life in sleep. Sleep is closely related to their health, while more and more people fall into insomnia. Is medication useful for insomnia?

Melatonin is a hormone synthesized or secreted by pineal gland cells because the pineal gland is regulated by sunlight, Feng Bo, director of endocrine Department of Shanghai Oriental Hospital, told Peng Mei News. So it affects the biological rhythm just like the biological clock. It has a regulating effect and has a certain therapeutic effect on insomnia. However, melatonin dosage is different on the market at present, so it is not recommended to take it in large quantities for a long time.

Everyone has a normal rhythm of life, rhythm problems will lead to chaos of the bodys biological clock, the human body will be in a state of chronic stress, in the long run will lead to changes in the bodys function, endocrine imbalance. Dr. Feng Bo reminded us that any sleeping aids are designed to restore the normal rhythm of life. Severe insomnia can try anti-insomnia drugs to restore sleep, but do not rely on drugs.

Insomnia can be classified into difficulty in falling asleep, insufficient sleep duration and early awakening according to its clinical manifestations. Cui Haisong, deputy director of psychiatric department of Tongji Hospital in Shanghai, pointed out that melatonin is not a panacea. Melatonin should be prescribed according to different types of insomnia. Melatonin secretes at 21:00 a.m., peaks at 2:00-4:00 a.m., and does not secrete at about 10:00 a.m. Melatonin is sensitive to light and does not secrete when there is light, so some people stay up all night and feel sleepy during the day, which is the reason.

Melatonin has calming and tranquilizing effects, known as physiological hypnotics, but it is not suitable for all types of insomnia, including: work-induced sleep disorders, jet lag adjustment, melatonin reduction in the elderly.

It is worth noting that melatonin is metabolized by the liver, and patients with liver diseases can not use melatonin, otherwise it will increase the burden of the liver and aggravate the condition.

Dont let emotions interfere with sleep

Cui Haisong, deputy director of the doctor reminded that in the case of physical discomfort, if the indicators are normal after the physical examination can not find the cause, we need to consider whether it is caused by psychological problems. For example, feeling chest tightness, electrocardiogram examination is not a problem, such as irregular menstruation, did the test without organic problems, then we need to consider the psychiatric department to see a doctor.

In the face of negative emotions, we can try:

1. Make a list of the annoying things and find solutions to the problems. Actively solve the problem and move on, or take the problem forward, so as to avoid cutting corners.

2. Sports chat dinner, temporarily from worries.

3. Dont do anything exciting 2 hours before bedtime. You can listen to soothing light music, relax your body and prepare for sleep. A good nights sleep is conducive to mood improvement.

4. Meditate, let go of all the worries and let your brain empty.

How to eat for insomnia? Yuan Chunhua, a nutritionist at the Department of Nutrition, Yueyang Integrated Hospital of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, suggested that light and high-quality proteins rich in essential amino acids, as well as foods rich in vitamin B and vitamin E, vitamin C, calcium and tryptophan should be eaten at ordinary times.

At the same time, avoid stimulating foods, such as strong tea, strong coffee, spicy food, etc.

Source: Responsible Editor of Pengmei News Network: Qiangshuwen_NJ7449