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Melatonin and Sleep
The pattern of waking during the day when it is light and sleeping at night when it is dark is a natural part of human life. Only recently have scientists begun to understand the alternating cycle of sleep and waking, and how it is related to daylight and darkness.
A key factor in how human sleep is regulated is exposure to light or to darkness. Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the retina in the eye to an area in the brain called the hypothalamus. There, a special center called the supra-chiasmatic nucleus (SCN) initiates signals to other parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide awake.
The SCN works like a clock that sets off a regulated pattern of activities that affect the entire body. Once exposed to the first light each day, the clock in the SCN begins performing functions like raising body temperature and releasing stimulating hormones like cortisol. The SCN also delays the release of other hormones like melatonin, which is associated with sleep onset, until many hours later when darkness arrives.
Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body's pineal (pih-knee-uhl) gland. This is a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of the brain. During the day the pineal is inactive. When the sun goes down and darkness occurs, the pineal is "turned on" by the SCN and begins to actively produce melatonin, which is released into the blood. Usually, this occurs around 9 pm. As a result, melatonin levels in the blood rise sharply and you begin to feel less alert. Sleep becomes more inviting. Melatonin levels in the blood stay elevated for about 12 hours - all through the night - before the light of a new day when they fall back to low daytime levels by about 9 am. Daytime levels of melatonin are barely detectable.
The amount of melatonin released at night varies among individuals, but it is somewhat related to age. Children on average secrete more melatonin than adults, which decreases further with age. However, research has shown that older people with sleep problems do not always have lower melatonin levels than people who experience normal sleep.
Directions for Use: Rub one full pump thoroughly onto clean skin once daily or as needed (pulse points before going to bed). Natural melatonin, known to regulate sleep patterns, won’t leave you groggy as with pills. Works naturally to complement the body’s own sleep-inducing melatonin, which gets depleted with age.
What is Ancient Minerals GOODNIGHT Magnesium Lotion?
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is a smooth, quickly absorbed emulsion of magnesium chloride in a skin-nourishing base of certified organic oils. Formulated for even the most sensitive individuals, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion offers a gentler concentration of magnesium chloride than our magnesium oil or gel products, while still supplying therapeutically effective amounts of magnesium to the cells. Rich in plant moisturizers including coconut oil and shea butter, this lotion soothes and hydrates without leaving your skin feeling waxy or greasy. Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is fragrance free and does not contain any formaldehyde releasing preservatives.
Where Does Ancient Minerals GOODNIGHT Magnesium Lotion Come From?
Ancient Minerals magnesium chloride is extracted from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Europe, 1600 to 2000 meters deep in the interior of the Earth. Well protected for the last 250 million years, it is the most pure magnesium in the world and a mark of purity on every bottle of Ancient Minerals.
How do I use Ancient Minerals GOODNIGHT Magnesium Lotion?
Rub 1ml (one full press of the pump) thoroughly into clean skin, once daily, or as needed.
Benefits of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion:
Ingredients: Water, Genuine Zechstein* magnesium chloride, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), organic vegetable glycerin, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, squalane (olive), ceteryl olivate, sorbitan olivate, organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, melatonin, citrus sinensis (sweet organge) oil, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, sodium hyaluronate *25mg elemental magnesium with 3mg melatonin per ml (1 full pump press = 1ml)
If you are using Ancient Minerals for the very first time, please read these magnesium application instructions in their entirety before beginning your topical magnesium regimen:
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.