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Body Balance SleepCheck

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Assess Melatonin levels--your body's natural safeguard for healthy sleep

A good night's sleep helps keep your body in rhythm, allowing you to feel your best. Without it, your body doesn't function as well as effectively.

Ever have times when you're not sleeping well? Maybe it's caused by stress, shift work, a general lack of time. All you know is that you are not sleeping very well and in turn, you're not thinking as clearly and sharply as you did before. Physically, you're drained, unmotivated to do anything other than getting through the day.

A hormone called melatonin may affect your sleep.

Sleep Check by BodyBalance measures the level of melatonin in your system. Although it plays a role in many other areas of your body, such as cardiovascular function, female reproductive hormones, and as an antioxidant, melatonin's primary contribution is to your body's ability for quality sleep and the regulation of your circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is the 24-hour cycle of sleeping and waking our body experiences based on the patterns of light and dark. Normal melatonin levels are highest during the night, when you're sleeping, because there is less light. Exposure to light decreases melatonin secretion, explaining why you are not as sleepy during the day as you are at night. Without proper melatonin secretion, your circadian rhythm is off-balance, affecting your night's sleep.

SleepCheck is a safe, easy-to-use, and reliable screen that uses a saliva sample to measure the level of melatonin in your body. This noninvasive and inexpensive screen provides the accuracy of a laboratory analysis without you having to leave the comfort of your own home. When you order your screen, we'll send a complete kit to you. You collect the required saliva sample and send it back to us in the prepaid return mailer provided. Within 7-10 working days of receiving your sample, we'll send your results to you.

BodyBalance enables you to read your results and compare them to the general population. You can then work with your healthcare provider to develop an appropriate program to maintain and promote well being.

Melatonin is a hormone your body produces in the pineal gland to help you sleep. Your body functions upon a 24-hour cycle of light and dark, called your circadian rhythm, that regulates melatonin secretion in your body. During the day, your pineal gland is inactive and melatonin secretion is at a minimum. At night, however, as you're ready to fall asleep, your pineal gland is just starting to wake up, increasing your melatonin levels and helping your body relax and fall asleep. In fact, your melatonin levels peak at around 2 a.m., when you are likely in your deepest sleep of the night.

Have you ever noticed that you become tired more easily in the winter? In winter, there is less light than in summer, which disrupts the pattern of your melatonin secretion. Since melatonin secretion is dependent upon light, this causes you to become sleepier, which may affect your mood, during these months.

Besides promoting an optimal sleep pattern, melatonin has been shown to be one of the most potent antioxidants in nature, protecting your body from free radical damage. Melatonin levels can affect cardiovascular function and menstruation.

Because melatonin plays a vital role throughout your entire body, having a proper level of melatonin is essential for good sleep (preventing insomnia) and optimal overall well being.

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