Dr. Berchelmann: Kids & Melatonin
(STLMoms) - After a long winter break for so many kids, are your children now struggling to get back on a sleep schedule?
Pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann with St. Louis Children’s Hospital talks about possible options to help your kids get a good night’s rest.
That may include using melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that our bodies make. Healthy adults and children get a surge of melatonin about 30 minutes before they get sleepy. This melatonin surge seems to be trigged by a reduction of light.
This is why we get sleepy when it gets dark. The trouble comes when our brain doesn`t release the hormone at the right times, and our sleep cycles get out of whack, such as when we are jet-lagged.
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