What Causes Abnormal Melatonin Levels?
To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of abnormal melatonin levels we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow abnormal melatonin levels to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind abnormal melatonin levels consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to abnormal melatonin levels. Here are eight possibilities:
- Lack Of Sleep
- Caffeine Intoxication
- Premature Aging
- Alcohol Consequences
- Drug Side-Effects
- Cigarette Smoke Damage
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
severe eyelid twitch
difficulty getting out of bed
some loss of muscle tone
much secondhand smoke exposure
highly elevated eosinophil count
paying great attention to detail
physical abuse during childhood
dark areas under eyes
sleeping less than necessary
slight abdominal distension
reduced skin elasticity
... and more than 100 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal melatonin levels:
|Lack Of Sleep
|Cigarette Smoke Damage
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
What are your melatonin levels when you are not using supplemental melatonin?
→ Don't know
→ Very low
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate having very low melatonin levels, having low melatonin levels, having normal melatonin levels or having elevated melatonin levels, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
Certain drugs, for example MAO inhibitors, Fluvoxamine and Despiramine, can increase melatonin levels. Some drugs, including NSAIDs, beta-blockers, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, steroids, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers, can deplete melatonin levels.
Chronic stress causes the production of too much cortisol, which in turn lowers melatonin.
The Effects Of Overtraining
Exercise impairs the production of melatonin and exercising in the evening decreases melatonin for up to 3 hours afterwards.