Melatonin Levels

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Posted by DaveH on October 28, 2001 at 09:44:57:

OK Ueli, as per your statement below increasing (taking it before bed) has been beneficial to clusterheads. Now if this is true, and you did state last night in chat 10-27-01 that this only works for a few, have any studies been done that you know of on the blind and if they have CH or CPH?

From what I have read so far the levels in a blind person are higher because they can not get natural sun light or full spectrum light through their eyes to the pineal gland which in turn helps control the Hypothalamus. Both of these glands / organs help control the human clock and cycle.

My hunch is that a person that has never seen the light of day from birth is not going to suffer from CH or CPH, and it will be because the melatonin levels are much higher in their bodies. If there is a way to get an average level in them why not increase a clusterheads level to that point or maybe even a little higher and run with it for a few months to see if a cycle can be stoped or aborted. I am sure that the person would have to maintain these levels for life but it would be better then living in hell.

One other factor that I wanted to toss out there. What about changing the lights in a persons home to full spectrum lighting so that as well will increase the levels of melatonin naturaly or is this one of the problems with the clusterheads hypothalamus?

Please let me know what you think Ueli.
For clusterheads:
Investigations have shown that a clusterhead, in or out of a CH period, has a completely flat Melatonin level, throughout the day.
For some clusterheads taking Melatonin before bedtime, and so mimicking the natural cycling of its concentration, can be beneficial on the nightly CH attacks.

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