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How can melatonin help insomnia?

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Melatonin is a hormone that is made by a gland in the brain in humans and produced in animals as well as plants. Although the effects of melatonin are complex and poorly understood, it plays a critical role in the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle and other circadian rhythms.

Melatonin has been studied as a possible treatment for circadian rhythm disorders, and may be helpful in decreasing sleep disturbances caused by jet lag. Studies are mixed, but it may help with falling asleep more quickly and help with insomnia.

From: Alternative Treatments for Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 14, 2019

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 14, 2019

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