Training hard in the evening? Melatonin supplement makes you fitter the next day
If athletes train intensively in the evening, and then use a supplement with melatonin, they are fitter the next morning. That is what Tunisian sports scientists at Manouba University discovered this.
Warning side note
The researchers studied the effect of a single administration of melatonin. Before you start using melatonin, and especially if you are going to do so on a daily basis, we strongly recommend that you do your research on melatonin first. This publication tells you why: [Sleep Med Rev. 2014 Aug;18(4):333-9.].
The researchers had 10 male teenage athletes train intensively intensive sports at 8 o'clock in the evening. On one occasion the boys got a placebo after their training, the other time a supplement with 10 milligram melatonin. The researchers used a product from the Canadian Jamieson Laboratories. [jamiesonvitamins. com]
Because of the supplement, the teenagers slept an average of 25 minutes longer. The next day, at 8 o'clock in the morning, thanks to the supplement, they jumped a little higher at the five-jump test [5-JT] andcover 82 meters more at the Yo-Yo intermittent-recovery test.
"The administration of a single dose of 10 mg melatonin after strenuous late-evening exercise improved [...] some short-term physical performances the following morning in healthy teenagers", write the researchers.
Chronobiol Int. 2018 Sep;35(9):1281-93.
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