Sleep is the most underrated antioxidant

Have you ever wondered what is the importance of day and night, what is the role of sleep, how do we establish a good circadian rhythm? Well, this all revolves around the hormone melatonin!

Establishing the circadian rhythm aids in the production of good amounts of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin helps reduce pigmentation, anti-aging and also reduces hair loss, etc.

Dr. Pallavi Sule, a dermatologist and cosmetic physician from Mumbai, begins by first explaining the meaning of melatonin,


So what's new in this hormone and why is it studied in more detail than before?

Dr. Pallavi Sule explains: Melatonin is also known for its antioxidant benefits! We all live in a very stressful environment, be it external or internal stressors such as pollution, food consumed (adulteration), solar radiation, sleep patterns, work environments, etc. Any type of stress releases free oxygen radicals in the body, which damages our DNA, causing degenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases. The hormone melatonin serves as a powerful antioxidant, suspected anti-aging substance, and anti-cancer agent.

Dr. Sule elaborates on this imperative topic saying: "


· Sleep and its relationship with the liver: there is a great relationship between sleep cycles and liver functions. Scientific studies suggest that most patients with advanced liver disease have altered sleep patterns. The liver has its own clock for detoxification and regulation of hormones. Disturbed sleep produces high levels of cortisol (stress levels) and vice versa. This makes it difficult for the liver to regulate hormones. Here, now the liver is overworked and cortisol levels in the body are high during the day. This circulating cortisol hampers liver regulations on melatonin, so levels of the hormone melatonin are also high during the day. Resulting in daytime fatigue and drowsiness, and night watch.

Lastly, how can we increase melatonin levels?

Many formulations are commercially available in the form of tablets and gels for topical application. But we must not forget that the most important factor in the production of the correct amount of the hormone melatonin in the body is sleep.