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:
- Alcohol Consequences
- Drug Side-Effects
- Premature Aging
- Caffeine Intoxication
- Cigarette Smoke Damage
- Lack Of Sleep
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high systolic blood pressure
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
negative reaction to coffee
macrocytic red cells
significant caffeine supplementation
excellent HDL cholesterol level
slight stiff neck
being easily excitable
very angry/hostile disposition
difficulty getting out of bed
... and more than 90 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:
|Cigarette Smoke Damage
|Lack Of Sleep
* 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.