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How well does melatonin work?

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Everybody reacts differently to medicines and supplements, so melatonin may or may not work for you.

Some studies say it could help with jet lag and sleep issues. Other research shows it may let people with insomnia fall asleep slightly faster. It may also help you sleep better through the night, but not necessarily longer.

Still more studies have shown that melatonin doesn't ease sleep problems at all. There's also not enough research to say it helps with any issues not related to sleep.

From: What Is Melatonin? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: "Melatonin and Sleep."

Family Doctor: "Melatonin."

Mayo Clinic: "Is melatonin a helpful sleep aid -- and what should I know about melatonin side effects?"

Sleep.org: "What is Melatonin?"

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Melatonin: In Depth."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Melatonin for Sleep: Does It Work?"

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 14, 2017

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: "Melatonin and Sleep."

Family Doctor: "Melatonin."

Mayo Clinic: "Is melatonin a helpful sleep aid -- and what should I know about melatonin side effects?"

Sleep.org: "What is Melatonin?"

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Melatonin: In Depth."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Melatonin for Sleep: Does It Work?"

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 14, 2017

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