“Adrenaline addiction” does not exist 

By | June 26, 2021

The doctor, of course, will not diagnose “adrenaline addiction” (there is no such disease in the classification), but the obsessive desire to experience extreme sensations in people is quite common. In contrast, for example, alcohol dependence, where the “source of pleasure” an external factor, in the case of thirst adrenaline cause “dependency” lies within. Adrenaline is produced by the adrenal glands very quickly – and the brain focuses on the problem, the pulse quickens, the muscles tense, the heart begins to beat faster. Such a reaction occurs with any stress, including positive. If the adrenaline rush occurs as a result of a pleasant experience, such as a parachute jump or the victory of your favorite team, then endorphins are immediately produced – “hormones of happiness” that provide euphoria. In fact, it is this feeling that you want to repeat again.

Alevtina Oranskaya draws attention to the fact that in moderate doses adrenaline is useful, but in the constant pursuit of a new portion of thrills, a person ceases to care about safety (for example, inadvertently drives a car), becomes aggressive (swears with others, may show violence). For that , if the level of adrenaline in the blood increased too often, this leads to problems with health: insomnia, the development of cardiovascular disease , problems with the gastrointestinal tract. Moreover, if you are fond of, for example, mountain skiing, this does not mean that you are addicted. It’s easy to check: if your hobby does not affect relationships with others, does not interfere with work and personal development, then this is a common hobby. In Otherwise, the therapist will help solve the problem.

Melatonin can be taken as a sleeping pill

Despite the fact that melatonin is most often referred to as the “sleep hormone”, the more correct name is “the hormone of the night.” Its production is directly related to the degree of illumination and occurs during sleep. Any light – from a chandelier or a mobile phone screen – slows down or completely stops it, which in the future can seriously worsen the condition. However, melatonin is a hormone, not a hypnotic, to help you fall asleep faster. It can be prescribed by a doctor, for example, with a sharp and frequent change of time zones or for the elderly as a prophylaxis for a number of diseases, since its amount in the body decreases markedly with age .

Experts agree that self-medication and drinking melatonin to combat insomnia can be not only useless, but also unsafe for your health. Therefore, if you have problems with sleep, first you should visit a sleep doctor.

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