What is Melatonin?

What is Melatonin?

Melatonin. We’ve all heard of it. We’re pretty sure it makes us sleepy. But what is it? And how does it work? Our Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Rob Bent, weighs in on Melatonin and its importance in the Som Stack™.

What it is:

Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the brain. Your blood stream transports it around your body, delivering it to your tissues and organs. Small amounts of Melatonin are found in tart cherries, walnuts, and corn. And it’s key to a good night’s sleep!

What it does:

Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that protects your DNA from damage and helps regulate your immune system. That being said, it’s best known as the primary regulator of your sleep-wake cycle. Simple translation? It controls when you fall asleep at night and when you wake up in the morning.

Your brain releases Melatonin in response to a decrease in environmental light. As dusk falls, Melatonin begins to work its magic, making us feel drowsy and ready for bed. As dawn approaches, Melatonin levels drop and our brain gets ready to wake up.

Why we use it:

We include Melatonin in the Som Stack™ to facilitate a smooth transition from wakefulness to sleep. It’s the body’s trigger to begin the natural series of events that leads to sleep.

The Sleep Foundation has named Som Sleep the best Melatonin Drink on the market.

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