24 HOUR MELATONIN CYCLE


Melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, is closely tied to the body’s circadian rhythms and is often referred to as the “sleep hormone.” Its production is influenced by light exposure, with levels typically rising in the evening as it gets dark, peaking during the night, and decreasing in the early morning as light returns.

Here’s a general outline of the typical variation in melatonin levels over a 24-hour period:

  • Morning (6 AM – 9 AM): Melatonin production is at its lowest during the early morning hours, as exposure to light suppresses its production, aiding in wakefulness.
  • Daytime (9 AM – 6 PM): Melatonin levels remain low throughout the day, especially in well-lit environments, supporting a state of alertness and wakefulness.
  • Evening (6 PM – 9 PM): As light decreases, melatonin production begins to rise, signaling the body to prepare for sleep. This increase is gradual and may start as early as late afternoon in some individuals.
  • Night (9 PM – 6 AM): Melatonin levels peak during the night. The peak typically occurs between 2 AM and 4 AM, facilitating deep, restorative sleep.
  • Early Morning (3 AM – 6 AM): Towards the early morning, melatonin levels start to decrease, preparing the body to wake up.

It’s important to note that these times can vary depending on factors such as age, individual differences in circadian rhythms, seasonal changes, and light exposure. For example, the use of electronic devices emitting blue light in the evening can delay the onset of melatonin production, affecting sleep patterns.

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