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Melatonin is not only meant to make you sleep

Melatonin is not only meant to make you sleep

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Melatonin is not only meant to make you sleep

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35 pages
10 minutes
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Feb 15, 2020
ISBN:
9789895272211
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Livre

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The days, the seasons, the years pass by...

Our body can predict and prepare itself for the environmental changes. Predictability is very important to optimize its performance.

However, how do our cells know when it is day, night, summer or winter?

They need a signal, and that's where melatonin comes in. It is a hormone produced by a gland in the middle of our brain called pineal gland. Pineal gland only produces melatonin at night (and in the dark)! So melatonin is the sign our cells were waiting to tell them it is night.

It turns out that in the modern world, we are overexposed to light. People work at night when they should be sleeping. Blue light coming from our TV, computer or smartphone can block melatonin production.

Light exposure at night prevents our body to predict properly the environmental changes so it loses its rhythmicity. Disturbances of melatonin rhythms are associated with various health problems such as neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease, hypertension, and even cancer.

See? Melatonin's actions go far beyond making you sleep ... and that's what I want to tell you in this book.
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Feb 15, 2020
ISBN:
9789895272211
Format:
Livre

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Melatonin is not only meant to make you sleep - Rosana Dantas

I would like to thank Tom Welch for the kind help in reviewing this book.

Special thanks to my husband, who patiently cope with my highs and lows.

About the author

I was always curious... too curious. I remember when I was a child and my mother used to take us to the library during our vacations. For me, that was THE BEST! I was delighted. I remember the scenery… the little blue chairs and tables, the colorful shelves, the toys, the building blocks. I especially remember my favorite book! This book explained why things are how they are how when it gets cold the woods make noise. That’s when I knew those noises were not ghosts trying to hunt me. It explained why when you throw stones into water you make a lot of equal circles that multiply but gradually disappear until they are imperceptible. I was born with this hunger to know everything about everything!

I remember the encyclopedias that we had at home, especially one that had many illustrations. At that point I couldn’t even read but I remember illustrations about plants and how pregnancy evolves.

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