Melatonin Linked to Soothing Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Melatonin Linked to Soothing Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Doctors Recommend Small Doses of Melatonin to treat Fibromyalgia Pain

According to a recent study, longtime sufferers of the pain and soreness of fibromyalgia are seeing positive results from treating their condition with low doses of natural melatonin. Further research demonstrated that treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia reduced the number of “tender points” on patient’s bodies, allowing them to sleep and live through more normal days and nights. The health experts at Sprayable Sleep have spoken with numerous doctors and patients who have recommend and found success applying low-impact transdermal melatonin to treat the chronic pain brought on by fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia?

More than five million Americans suffer with Fibromyalgia Musculoskeletal Syndrome (FMS) every day. It is a disorder that causes fatigue and muscle pain. Fibromyalgia patients experience pain and tenderness throughout their bodies which makes can make everyday tasks at work and home a tremendous struggle.

Over 80 percent of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women over the age of eighteen, although the condition has been found in both men and children. Diagnosis for this chronic pain condition most often comes during middle age. Patients being treated for other serious diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, spinal arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus are at increased risk for developing fibromyalgia.

In addition to chronic pain, fibromyalgia carries with it other symptoms which include headaches, morning stiffness, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, painful menstrual periods, and a reduced ability to think and remember (refered to by experts as “fibro fog”).

Fibromyalgia Misconceptions

The biggest trouble fibromyalgia patients encounter is that the condition is still widely misunderstood by the public. Because the pain of fibromyalgia is so persistent, hard to diagnose, and harder to treat it can seem “invisible” to those who do not suffer through its symptoms. Many dismiss it as “not a real medical problem” or “all in your head”. Most of the research we now have on fibromyalgia has been developed in the last few years, and general practitioners are only just becoming aware of how to recognize and treat the cause of this chronic pain.

Treating fibromyalgia isn’t like getting over a cold or a mending broken bone, there is no “cure” or “fix” that we know of for patients suffering from this long term pain. Seeking relief from  fibromyalgia is frustrating because the traditional treatment approach isn’t effective. This frustration is also felt by healthcare providers who want to alleviate the suffering of patients.

There is hope however. Now more than ever, more people understand that fibromyalgia is a real condition, most frequently because someone in their lives (perhaps a mother, sister, or aunt) suffers from it. With more accurate methods of diagnosis, more men than ever are being treated for fibromyalgia than ever before.

Research is shifting and healthcare providers are now focusing on developing, testing, and implementing treatments to help people who suffer from fibromyalgia.

How Can Fibromyalgia Be Treated?

While we are only just beginning to understand what causes fibromyalgia, recent findings have shown that major lifestyle changes such as improvements to exercise habits, dietary choices, and sleeping hours can produce drastic positive results in fibromyalgia patients. Early studies into the biochemical effects of fibromyalgia on the body demonstrated that those suffering from the syndrome produced drastically lower levels of natural melatonin, causing patients to have a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep. This is why over 85% percent of fibromyalgia patients also present symptoms of chronic fatigue.

Many longtime sufferers seek a fibromyalgia treatment in the form of over-the-counter sleep aids and supplements or, in extreme circumstances, prescription drugs which can be both dangerous and habit forming. While many drugstore sleep-aids do contain the melatonin that fibromyalgia sufferers do need to counteract the biochemical imbalances brought on by their condition, these pills and chewables are often packed with ten or twenty times as much as the body needs. Overdosing on melatonin can shock and place damaging stress on your liver and kidneys and over time cause your body to develop a resistance to the positive benefits of supplemental melatonin. This is why more and more health experts are beginning to recommend transdermal melatonin treatments to patients seeking relief from the chronic fatigue that often accompanies musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia.    

Another recent study has demonstrated that regular low-dose treatments of melatonin can have farther-reaching benefits to fibromyalgia patients beyond just giving them a good night’s sleep. Melatonin’s functions as a neurotransmitter have also been demonstrated to regulate our nervous system, memory, emotional balance, and pain receptors. Fibromyalgia disrupts all of these systems, particularly acting on the nerves that control the way our body interprets and transmit pain signals to our brain. Research demonstrates that changing the body’s melatonin levels can improve the biological processes melatonin regulates and severely reduce the impact of fibromyalgia and its symptoms on daily life.

Melatonin serves as a natural inhibitor of “substance P”, a neurotransmitter is responsible for sending false pain signals from the spinal cord to the brain. Low melatonin levels can bring heightened levels of “substance P” causing spontaneous sensations pain and tenderness in the deep tissues of the back and neck, and because “substance P” can transmit itself rapidly throughout the body, the associated pain-signals it sends to the brain can quickly become widespread.

The Best Melatonin for Your Body

Sprayable Sleep is the most effective and safest way to deliver the all-natural melatonin your body in a way that restores, replenishes, and supplements the melatonin production our bodies need

A nightly topical treatment of less than 0.5 milligrams is all you need to get a naturally balanced night of rest, promote better neurochemical health.

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Insomnia is making you sick and fat.

Insomnia is making you sick and fat.

New Science Reveals the Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

You wake up sluggish, slow, and with a subtle grumble in your tummy. As the snooze alarm blares for the third time, you begin to wonder if you are going to have the energy to make it through the day.  When you get to the office, creative and social endeavors become a miserable effort and the only thing you can focus your mind on is getting another cup of coffee or dangerous energy drink just to get you through to quitting time.

We all know how low sleep or sleep deficit can affect the way we feel from day to day because we've all experienced how a poor night’s sleep makes us feel at one time or another, but alarming new studies in the pharmacodynamic, neurobehavioral, and neurocognitive fields have revealed that even subtle disruptions in your body's ability to produce natural melatonin and get a full night of restorative sleep can have devastating long-term effects on your health. And while a number of natural melatonin sleep supplements exist to solve the problem of sleep deficit and deprivation, millions of people continue to suffer, unaware of the chronic damage that disrupted sleep can do to the body.

Insomnia Can Lead To Heart Attack & Stroke

Doctors have known for years that disrupted and interrupted sleep patterns are a primary cause of high blood pressure. High blood pressure (HBP or “hypertension”) can put your quality of life and health in serious danger by damaging arteries, bursting or clogging blood vessels, and overworking of  the heart leading to heart attack, stroke, and heart failure in adults. High blood pressure from sleep-deprivation can also damage the arteries around the kidneys and disrupt their ability to filter dangerous toxins out of your blood. The increase in blood pressure caused by long-term disrupted sleep can also lead to eye strain, vision loss, sexual dysfunction, angina, and peripheral artery disease.

Lack of Sleep Damages Metabolism and Promotes Diabetes

A recent article published in The Lancet Dieabetes & Endocrinology discovered a surprising link between the amount of sleep patients got and the risk they carried for developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a pattern of health factors that dramatically raise the risk in patients for developing diabetes mellitus, stroke, and heart disease. The onset of metabolic syndrome is also associated with a decrease in your body’s metabolism leading to an increase in waistline (abdominal obesity), a reduction in your body’s ability to process LDL cholesterol, and diabetes.

A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that seventy percent of patients reporting chronic insomnia develop metabolic syndrome and its associated health risks. However, the report also demonstrated that effective treatment of sleep disruption resulted in a significant reduction of metabolic syndrome and its effects on patients in the study.

Without Sleep, Your Skin Ages Faster

Everyone has experienced the puffy eyes and dull skin tone that often comes when you don’t get your full night of “beauty sleep”, but it turns out that severe sleep disruption can lead to wrinkles, dark circles around the eyes, and a permanent loosening of the skin. Cortisol, the stress hormone our bodies release when we don’t get enough sleep, breaks down skin collagen, the protein that keeps our skin smooth and elastic.

During sleep is the only time our bodies produce and release human growth hormone or HGH. Sleep loss often means our bodies are starved of this natural agent which, as we age, are dependant upon to increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones. Without human growth hormone released during sleep, our body’s tissues can’t repair themselves, and the wear and tear of daily life slowly becomes overwhelming to the skin and organs.

Sleeplessness Can Reduce the Effectiveness of Medication

We’ve already seen how sleep can affect metabolism and how inconsistent sleep patterns disrupt our body’s ability to process the things we eat, but did you know that the same processes work to help our body to get the most out of the medications prescribed by our doctors to help us get better and stay healthy?

Research by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics shows that the same sleep-controlled hormones that help you digest your dinner also aid your organs in the metabolism, oxidation, absorption, and processing of pharmaceuticals. Sleep also plays a role in promoting your kidney’s ability to dampen the toxic effects that some drugs, such as those prescribed to fight cancer or auto-immune disease, can have on your body.

Irregular Sleep Patterns Can Make You Fat

When it comes to keeping off the pounds, there’s more to it than just eating right and working out. Lack of sleep is directly correlated with an increase in hunger, appetite, and obesity. According to a 2008 study, adults who get less than six hours of uninterrupted sleep a night are thirty percent more likely to become obese? This is because there is a direct link between sleep and the peptides that govern feelings of hunger and satiation.

Ghrelin is the peptide that carries the the “hunger” signal from your gut to your brain while leptin sends the “I’m full, stop eating” message. Shortened sleep time has been demonstrated to cause massive increases in ghrelin and underproduction of leptin, which leads to overeating and eventually obesity. Ghrelin has also been shown to cause cravings for high-carbohydrate, high-fat foods, which is why adequate sleep is so often recommended as a core component of weight-loss programs.

What Can You Do About It?

Our bodies are designed to repair, recalibrate, and process during sleep, but if you can’t fall asleep and stay asleep at night, then you open yourself up to countless health risks and close the door to the restorative power of rest.

The key hormone that sends the “sleep” signal from our brains to our bodies is melatonin. As we age, our body’s natural ability to produce melatonin decreases.

Many over-the-counter melatonin supplements overdose our bodies by tasking our already-stressed-out metabolisms with the job of processing oral supplements through our livers and kidneys.

Sprayable Sleep is the most effective safest way to deliver the all-natural melatonin your body in a way that promotes a healthy, gentle, smooth transition  into the daily rest your body needs.

A nightly topical treatment of less than 0.5 milligrams is all you need to fight the insomnia that threatens your health and well-being.

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Can't Sleep? It isn't your fault.

Can't Sleep? It isn't your fault.

Here at Sprayable Sleep we know that living well can be as simple as eating right, exercising regularly, and making sure you have a good night’s sleep. And while we have control over what’s on our plate or how often we hit the gym, for many of us, a restful night’s sleep always seems just out of reach.

You toss and you turn and you just can’t seem to find the right position or turn off your brain long enough to drift off, and it isn’t your fault. Your body’s sleep cycle is regulated by a hormone called melatonin, and when your body can’t produce enough for your brain to get the “bedtime” signal, getting to sleep can be a real nightmare.

The “sleep signal” gets missed by your brain because your body isn’t capable of producing enough melatonin to trigger a response. As we age, our pineal glands become less effective at producing the hormone signals our body uses to regulate its circadian (sleep) rhythms, this is why it’s so easy for children and teenagers to fall asleep and stay asleep and why it’s so hard for us to fall asleep as we grow older.

In addition to signaling to our bodies when it’s time to sleep, melatonin serves as our body’s natural, self-regulating antioxidant, relieving the oxidative pressure that stresses and damages our cells on a daily basis, affecting our immune system, stress level, and mood.

Natural supplemental melatonin can help you achieve these benefits.

Promising new neuropathic science also shows that melatonin can have a profound regulatory effect on total body health: relief from fibromyalgia pain, fighting depression and seasonal-affective disorder, preventing the growth and spread of cancer cells, and reducing the impact of estrogen has on tumor growth. This is why melatonin treatments are so often prescribed by to patients who are recovering from breast cancer.

When melatonin levels are low, we lose the benefits it provides to the body and are left vulnerable to exhaustion, sleepless nights, and the dangers of stress and depression. Patients with low melatonin present more serious symptoms than difficulty sleeping: often performing low on memory and cognitive-processing tests and demonstrating a reduced immune-system response to pathogens like colds and flus.

While dimming the lights and staying away from screens before you go to bed can help your brain and body be more receptive to melatonin, the benefits of are lost if your body isn’t naturally producing enough to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Some patients with low melatonin seek to correct this with over-the-counter melatonin sleep supplements that come in the form of pills or drinks.

The problem with orally-ingested melatonin is that, as a brain-bound hormone, it was never designed to be passed through the digestive tract. In 2001, researchers at MIT concluded that the proper dosage of melatonin falls between 0.3 milligrams and 1 milligram, but the average pharmacy sleep-aid packs 10 times that amount.

Overloading on melatonin by taking over-the counter gummies or pills can put your body in danger: affecting hormonal balance, disrupting menstrual cycles, impeding development, inducing hypothermia, and even causing serious kidney and liver issues as your body processes the junk-stuffed supplements you just took.

Many patients seeking relief with over-the-counter sleep aids have had to come to terms with an uncomfortable truth: our bodies just aren’t built to process oral melatonin supplements.

The solution?

Sleep is our brand of All Natural Topical Melatonin that is designed to deliver a safe, natural, low-dose to balance your sleep hormones and help you get a night of rest.

Sprayable Sleep uses our unique system of natural transdermal enzymes to allow melatonin to absorb safely through the skin, skipping the digestive system and avoiding the harm that oral melatonin can do to your kidneys and liver. With Sprayable, melatonin absorption is quick, natural, and effective because our topical sends the same signals in the same way that your body’s own organic melatonin does. Two spritz of Sprayable Sleep provides a measured dose of 0.5 milligrams and is just the right amount to send the all-important “sleep signal” to your brain without doing the harm that can be caused by drug-store sleep aids that pack in as much as 10 milligrams.

Sleeping well is a cornerstone of total body health, and ensuring that your body has enough Melatonin to fall asleep and stay asleep doesn’t have to be a medical mystery. Melatonin, like any other hormone, regulates important functions within the body. Stress and aging can hamper our body’s ability to produce enough melatonin, and low melatonin can have a serious effects on health beyond sleepless nights and groggy days.

Your body requires regular natural melatonin absorption for restfulness, healthy cells, mood, and immune function. Identifying and addressing the effects of melatonin deficiency can mean the difference between feeling healthy and feeling miserable. With time, rest, and regular treatment, even long-term sleep and melatonin deficits can be recovered and restored.

We want to help you balance your melatonin and get a good night’s rest.

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