Day Three: Melatonin - Sleep Easy

Join the Cyrenians’ Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR), as part of Year of the Young People 2018 and in collaboration with Young Scot, as it starts its tour of the brain by putting #Melatonin under the microscope.

A illustration of a blue bottle with a label reading 'Melatonin'

Melatonin (the Brain’s Marvellous Sleep Drug) helps control everyone’s sleeping and waking cycles depending on habit, daylight and seasons. But the teenage brain produces Melatonin later in the day (sometimes up to two hours later than the average child or adult) which means we stay up for longer, plus there’s still Melatonin in our bloodstream in the morning for a couple of extra hours, hence the lie-in. As we get older Melatonin is released earlier in the evening (shout out to all the parents who fall asleep in front of the TV!) and isn’t still hanging around in our bodies the next morning making it easier to get up.

Top tip: If anyone is giving you a hard time for staying up and sleeping in so late, then discuss Melatonin and how the teenage brain really is different. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our growing teenage bodies and minds. Going to bed that little bit earlier and switching off mobiles and tablets at a fixed time each day can help get us all into a really good sleep routine improving our mood, memory and immune system.

A illustration of a brain sleeping.

Join the SCCR Centre on Facebook and Twitter to tell us your #TopTip for getting a good night’s sleep using the #CranialCocktail

SCCR images subject to copyright. Illustrations by Hannah Foley, Owling About.