Melatonin is considered the hormone most responsible for setting your biological clock with levels typically peaking at night. When melatonin levels are high, you will feel groggy. It isn't an essential hormone for sleep but we sleep deeper and more restfully during the time that melotonin is secreted.1
Melatonin is made from Serotonin.2, the "Happy" hormone. The Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) effect of the weighted blanket, stimulates the body to produce increased serotonin levels.
Not only does melatonin seem to play a critical role in helping the body properly regulate awake and asleep cycles, it also appears an important part of your overall line of defense against sickness and disease. Melatonin is also a powerful free-radical scavenger and wide-spectrum antioxidant.3 Clinical trails show it seems to have an anti-inflammatory effect, may counteract acquired immunodeficiencies, may help fight infectious disase including viral and bacterial infections.4
- 1 Society for Endocrinology http://www.yourhormones.info/hormones/melatonin.aspx
- 2 A Guide to Nutritional Supplements http://www.nutritional-supplements-health-guide.com/serotonin-and-melatonin.html
- 3 Tan DX, Chen LD, Poeggeler B, Manchester LC, Reiter RJ (1993). "Melatonin: a potent, endogenous hydroxyl radical scavenger". Endocrine J. 1: 57–60.
- 4 Maestroni GJ (March 2001). "The immunotherapeutic potential of melatonin". Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 10 (3): 467–76.