Does melatonin help you sleep?
Have you heard about melatonin, a supplement that’s used to help you sleep? Johns Hopkins sleep specialist Luis Buenaver says melatonin is a natural substance that the body produces on its own.
Most people make enough melatonin. But, he says, for occasional insomnia that lasts more than a night or two, using a supplement for a limited time can help.
Research shows that melatonin supplements can help people with insomnia fall asleep a bit faster, and may be even more effective for those who fall asleep and wake up later than they would prefer.
Melatonin can also ease the impact of jet lag, or shifts in sleep patterns due to work or school schedules.
Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, and avoid melatonin altogether if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or living with an autoimmune disorder, depression or seizures.
For more details, check out Melatonin for Sleep: Does It Work?