Melatonin Improves Mood, Quality of Life in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests

Melatonin Improves Mood, Quality of Life in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests
Oral melatonin could improve fibromyalgia patients' mood and quality of life, as well as decrease anxiety and cortisol levels. The study, "Melatonin Improves Mood Status and Quality of Life and Decreases Cortisol Levels in Fibromyalgia," was published in Biological Research For Nursing. People with fibromyalgia tend to have mood disorders and mental conditions such as anxiety and depression, which can diminish their quality of life. They also have elevated levels of cortisol — a strong indicator of stress — and reduced levels of molecules that suppress inflammation and regulate mood. There are no specific treatments for fibromyalgia, so patients use analgesics, sleep inducers, and anxiolytics that help reduce pain, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Melatonin is a natural substance with anxiolytic and analgesic properties that also helps control sleep and mood disorders and reduces cortisol levels. It has shown positive results in fibromyalgia patients. In this study, researchers evaluated whether different doses of melatonin had a positive effect on the quality of life, mood, pain, anxiety, and cortisol levels in people with fibromyalgia. They evaluated 36 patients ages 40-60, all women suffering from fibromyalgia who were not undergoing physical or psychological therapies. Three patients abandoned the study. The study lasted 110 days, starting with a 10-day baseline period during which patients did not receiv
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