10. Melatonin Supplements
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced at night by a part of the brain called the pineal gland. His primary responsibility is to control our natural sleep cycles. It results in darkness, and then when the morning light comes on, production decreases, signaling to the body that it needs to be awake.
For this reason, some people take melatonin supplements to help reduce the effects of jet lag if they travel a lot across different time zones. In the UK, melatonin is only available on prescription for a short period and is prescribed to help with jet lag and insomnia in adults over 55 years old. In most of Europe, as well as Canada and Australia, it is also illegal to buy melatonin without a prescription, but it is readily available as a dietary supplement in the United States and some other countries.
Melatonin is sometimes prescribed to help with the disturbed sleep associated with fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that it can be a safe alternative treatment for people with fibromyalgia. It can also help relieve pain and mood swings. If you are interested in taking a melatonin supplement, talk to your doctor. It is worth considering that melatonin can also reverse its intended use, by disrupting the sleep-wake cycle, causing you to feel awake from sleep. It can also cause dizziness, headache, nausea, anxiety, and diarrhea.