Sleeping disorders can be treated

Sleep is a state of mind induced by a string of chemical reactions that occur naturally in the brain in most people. The mechanism of what triggers sleep is still not completely understood but we do know that the pituitary hormone melatonin is involved.

Melatonin is manufactured automatically in a gland in your brain called the pineal gland from another nerve hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is also known as "the happy hormone".

Sometimes your brain may not be able to make serotonin for one reason or another. That's why we, as a Compounding Chemist, can actually make natural melotonin mixtures and capsules. These are in great demand and do make a difference.

The advantage of melotonin capsules ovar a sleeping drug is that it is not addictive as it is a natural drug that the body is quite compatible with.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Of course, another reason that you might wake up is lowered oxygen in the brain caused by not breathing. This is a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and must be checked by your GP if you suspect that there may be a problem in this area.

Having said that, there is a 'grey area' where apnoea might not be diagnosed but where you may still snore and experience broken sleep that may be caused by - of all things - stomach (gastric) reflux. While you are asleep, your stomach might 'leak' acidic fluid aup as far as your sinuses, causing snoring and breathing difficulty.

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