About This Test:
Sample Collection: 2 sample collections at both 12PM and 6AM. Detailed instructions supplied.
Results: Results in both chart and graph form. “Safe” and “Target” reference ranges apply.
Short Overview: When functioning correctly, our pineal glands release melatonin into the bloodstream at night time causing drowsiness. When not functioning correctly, sleep may be disrupted or sporadic. This can be a result of many possible factors including long term sleep disruption due to work, lifestyle or health. Melatonin also regulates pathways central to the immune response while abnormal melatonin secretion alters the immune function.
Why use this test? Test results will reveal if your Melatonin production is in sync with the day night cycle known as the Circadian Rhythm or rather a Free Running State. Abnormal results may trigger further investigation and possible treatment.
Fasting Required: Yes – 1 hour. [Revised July 2019]
Collection time: AM recommended
Instructions provided with all test kits.
Processes differ from state to state with advantages to each.
Click on the state you’re in to see the process from start to finish.
Sustained high vitamin B12 supplementation is known to interfere with melatonin and it is advised that use of B12 is ceased 1 week prior to testing only if a 'clear result' is required. More information can bee found within your test kit package.
We are not testing reproductive hormones so taking hormonal birth control fine.
Yes, however, if you plan on removing the IUD, at least 1 month should pass before using the TestoChecker Kit.
Generally speaking, hormone testing is fine to do when using medicines but there are exceptions. Any supplements used to mimic the effects of hormones, and any steroid based treatment will affect the results. Information contained within your kit outlines how to 'obtain a clear result' if this is required.
Please note: We do not recommend ceasing use of any prescribed medicines without first consulting your GP.
Melatonin levels can be affected by as specified caffeine, alcohol, tobacco but also high vitamin B12 supplementation, stress (increased cortisol levels), irregular sleeping patterns e.g. shift work, increased exposure to light – particularly Blue Light and excessive exercise can also deplete melatonin levels.
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