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Why do people take melatonin?

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People use melatonin when they have insomnia (trouble falling asleep and staying asleep) and other sleep problems. Folks with jobs that disrupt typical sleep schedules (sleep work disorder) also try it. And it treats or prevents jet lag: the tiredness from traveling across time zones.

Doctors are also seeing if melatonin can help with:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • High nighttime blood pressure
  • Sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders

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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