Lauren Vinopal, Jan 15, 2022
On the latter count, doctors such as Alex Dimitriu, who specializes in psychiatry and sleep medicine, tend to recommend melatonin supplements even before something like Benadryl because the antihistamine “can disrupt sleep architecture by decreasing REM sleep,” he explains. By contrast, melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain that naturally increases about two hours before bedtime in order to relax us for sleep. Normally, the pineal gland produces enough melatonin, but there’s evidence that stress and anxiety inhibit this process, which short-term supplementation can balance out.
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