The thing is, melatonin works as melatonin is actually produced by the human body but in some case not enough and less as we age through it is thought calcification, where I understand the gland that produces melatonin is the pineal gland,
in the past called the third eye; ( <------- that thing there in pink in Sanscrit), and it
does so with darkness, that being leave the light on forget it, you are fighting against natural sleep. But as we near the need to sleep the clue perhaps is in the lighting, dim it to stimulate the gland to do it's stuff and to help it on it's way and if it is tolerated, warm milk helps due to the fact milk contains melatonin and tryptophan of which melatonin is derivative of the latter, both of which aid sleep.
But as I age, I am finding I have to understand the mechanics of what is going wrong in order for me to take various medications, for them to work as I do believe belief is a large proportion of medicine where it's action is subtle and not the cudgel A bomb effect of some preparations that lead to other issues arising. And so as a mechanical mind I read a lot as I understand the body is an intricate bio feedback mechanism and so it is interesting to read about the pineal gland and what makes it work, where medical science has discovered it is linked to light sensors in the back of our eyes to action the production of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin and there regulate circadian rhythms that aid us through the course of the year.
And so there the clue perhaps which probably most definitely applies in my case; computer screens, games machine screens, the tv, it's all light thus telling your pineal gland it is not time to sleep. Where I have discovered when reading a book it actually induces sleep and that I think is because pages of books tend to be of a subdued colour and are non reflective, so reading, although the mind is doing something where perhaps it shouldn't, the light sensors in the back of the eyes are picking up low light and so telling the pineal gland to get on with producing the precursor to sleep which in my case always comes not very long into getting into a story in a book.
But although I am of a mechanical mind I am also suspicious and perhaps conspiratorial and so suspect where melatonin works, it's natural and big pharma does not prosper where alternatives exist and work and are easily available and so I wonder, medics not prescribing what works, I wonder how much influence big pharma has with our buyers and prescribers of medicines ?
But just having looked at my supply of the stuff it is from Biovea
so what an other has recommended in relation to this would be a good guess as to where to get it, but me, I have no qualms about self medicating once I understand the mechanics of the problem and medicinal action and as to medical science, I am fully capable of understanding what I read, because I cross reference everything and am careful where I obtain my information where peer reviewed medical papers are often my sources and where I don't understand I rip ideas down to the component parts and build the understanding up from the basics for I am self taught in all that I at excel at. Aspieness does have it's positives !
Edited by Sa Skimrande, 23 November 2012 - 07:30 AM.