Melatonin Supplements for Fibromyalgia!

 

This article is a must read  for all fibromites!! Deep sleep is at the root of most our problems in Fibromyalgia and CFS. This article explains (in plain English) the importance of a good nights sleep, and how Melatonin can help ensure that we get one. Original article written by Dr. Murphree DC. 

Melatonin

The pineal gland is located at the base of your brain. The ancient Greeks
considered the pineal gland to be the window of the soul. This thought may not
be far off the mark: The pineal gland is responsible for releasing the sleep
regulating hormone melatonin.
Melatonin, the primary hormone of the pineal gland and acts to regulate
the body’s circadian rhythm, especially the sleep/wake cycle. A deficiency
in restorative sleep leads to accelerated aging, lowered immune function,
increased pain, lowered metabolism, and susceptibility to cancer and brain
oxidation.
Chronic insomnia leads to a gradual disconnection to our own biorhythms.
Once we become out of tune with our own sleep and wake circadian rhythm, we
begin to lose the ability to right ourselves through homeostasis. This in turn
leads to further chemical, physical, and emotional stress. When sleep loss is at its worst,
we lose the ability to sense anything our body is trying to tell us.
We begin to lose the very essence of who we are. Restoring circadian
rhythm is our first priority in overcoming Fibromyalgia and CFS. The deep sleep
(Stage III and IV) initiates the pituitary to release human growth factor
(“HGH”). HGH helps boost stamina, immune function, and stress-coping
abilities, thus repairing damaged or over-used muscle tissue. Science tells us that 80% of HGH is produced during Stage IV sleep. Low HGH levels will cause further fa-
tigue, reduced capacity for exercise, muscle weakness, impaired cognition,
depression, pain, and decreased muscle mass. Sound familiar. The best way to boost HGH
levels is to get 8-9 hours of deep, restorative sleep.
Other factors that can decrease Melatonin levels:
• Exposure to bright lights at night.
• Exposure to electromagnetic fields, including electric blankets, clock radios,
TV’s, ceiling fans, etc.
• NSAIDs: Celebrex, Vioxx, Mobic, Aleve, Bextra, etc.
• SSRI’s: Yes, the same antidepressants that we take for FMS and CFS,
including Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil, Effexor, Cymbalta, and Lexapro.
• Anxiety medications (benzodiazepines): Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, Restoril, etc.
• Anti-hypertensive medications: Inderal, Toprol, Tenormin, Lorpressor, etc.
• Steroids
• Over 3 mg of vitamin B12 in a day, as in B12 shots.

• Caffeine, all types.

• Alcohol

• Tobacco

• Exercise in the evening (for up to three hours afterwards)

• Depression


The good news is that several foods are high in melatonin:
• Oats
• Sweet corn
• Rice
• Japanese radish
• Tomatoes
• Barley
• Bananas

To read more articles by  Dr. Murphree  just follow the link below.

Copyright 2012 Dr. Rodger Murphree, DC  www.TreatingandBeatin.com

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