Melatonin regulates our sleep cycle and during puberty this hormone becomes imbalanced. Could this be why teenagers are moody?
- The hormone melatonin regulates the circadian rhythm - the body's sleep pattern.
- Melatonin lowers the body's temperature, causes drowsiness and regulates the sleep-wake cycle.
- Hormonal upheaval experienced during puberty is thought to push back the production of melatonin.
- The circadia rhythm is reset during adolescence meaning teenagers are kept awake by their bodies.
Sleep is crucial for teenagers. With all the growth and changes their bodies are going through they need more sleep than both children and adults, but they typically get less than either.
Because during puberty, sleep patterns can go wild.
Many teens will play computer games until late at night but can't ...