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“Melatonin” is not a sleeping pill, just helps make “sleepy”

Many people often have problems with insomnia. Until finding a helper to make it easier to fall asleep One of them is “melatonin” that comes in supplement form. But most people understand that it is a “sleeping pill” that is easy to buy. No doctor’s prescription is required. which is considered a misunderstanding and may be dangerous if used without consulting a physician

Importantly, in Thailand, melatonin is not allowed to be taken as an ingredient in food or as a dietary supplement. Different from in the United States that are sold as dietary supplements with less stringent quality control requirements and can be sold generally

"Melatonin" is not a sleeping pill, just helps make "sleepy"

What is “Melatonin”?

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that regulates the sleep and wake cycles of the body. The working mechanism of the aforementioned glands depends on the light and temperature, thus causing the pineal gland to not work during the day. But when the sun goes down. This gland will start working. and secrete the hormone melatonin into the bloodstream. And there is heat from the body. cause the body temperature to drop down decreased alertness of the body making the body suitable for sleep and feel sleepy But if less melatonin is released, it can cause sleep problems.

Normally, the brain secretes melatonin into the bloodstream for 12 consecutive hours (around 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.), with the level of melatonin gradually decreasing in the morning.

The darkness will stimulate the body to secrete melatonin. to signal that it’s time to relax While the light, especially the blue light from the mobile phone screen or computer screen will inhibit the secretion of melatonin. Makes people who like to play mobile phones before going to bed, so it’s harder to sleep.

Melatonin is not a sleeping pill.

The benefit of melatonin is that it helps to make the sleep cycle more regular. But does not directly treat insomnia It only encourages you to feel sleepy. And it’s just easier to fall asleep. It’s not a sleeping pill at all.

The current use of melatonin It is often intended to relieve jet lag. or exhaustion from the body’s inability to adapt when traveling abroad across time zones or taking a long plane ride

Including being used with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, adjusting the sleep time for those with sudden work schedule adjustments. Who has difficulty sleeping at night and people with insomnia. Especially the elderly who have sleep problems because the body secretes less melatonin.

Melatonin is a controlled drug. can’t buy by yourself

As mentioned above that in Thailand Melatonin is not as readily available as in the United States. Because it is classified as a dangerous drug It must be used only on the advice of a doctor. Because if receiving hormones continuously for a long time, it may cause harm to the body. And can have side effects such as daytime drowsiness, headache, dizziness, nightmares, upset stomach, irritability, anxiety and depression in the short term.

In addition, melatonin has precautions that should be avoided in patients with impaired liver and kidney disease. Avoid concomitant use with agents that induce the activity of enzymes that break down melatonin.

At present, melatonin-containing drugs are registered as special controlled drugs. Allowed for use only in hospitals. Or must be controlled by prescription or under the advice of a doctor only