Melatonin is the primary hormone (and also functions as a neurotransmitter) associated with sleep patterns. A disruption in melatonin levels can manifest in a variety of sleep concerns including difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and chronic insomnia.
Monitoring melatonin levels is important not only for sleep disturbances, but also for developing a comprehensive treatment approach. Proven to have powerful antioxidant properties, melatonin is associated with weight management, cancer risk, immune function, and stress. Proper supplementation is best determined by reviewing test results in comparison with hormone, adrenal and neurotransmitter levels.
Melatonin sample collection is easy. Patients will collect the morning (AM) sample, 30 minutes after waking up. The second collection should be right before dinner (Evening sample), and the third and final collection will be right before bedtime (PM). The patients will use the same collection tubes currently used for cortisol and hormones, keeping Labrix saliva kits and specimen collection very convenient and easy.