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Are there risks associated with taking melatonin as a natural sleep aid?

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Melatonin is a hormone your body makes that regulates your sleep-wake cycle. Like all natural dietary supplements, the FDA doesn’t require proof that it’s safe and effective for long-term use. Some people say melatonin makes them feel groggy or depressed. Others say they asleep quickly but wake up in the middle of the night. Still, studies show that melatonin appears to be safe when used for three months or less.

From: Natural Sleep Aids and Remedies WebMD Medical Reference

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Natural Standard.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Herbal/Plant Therapies" and "Complementary/Integrative Medicine."

Drugs.com: "5-HTP."

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Standard.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Herbal/Plant Therapies" and "Complementary/Integrative Medicine."

Drugs.com: "5-HTP."

Medline Plus.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

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