Are you using Melatonin? Let me share with you a great article published by the American Sleep Association that discusses Melatonin and its effects.
Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body and made synthetically to promote sleep. It is also a popular supplement used for treating insomnia. Even though there is no conclusive evidence on its effectiveness, sales of melatonin in the US exceeded a billion dollars in 2019. Like all supplements and medications, users should understand the drug’s uses, side effects, interactions, and dosages.
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body and is made synthetically as a sleep aid. It’s often available in pill form, but it’s also available in forms that can be placed in the cheek or under the tongue with the goal of increasing effectiveness. Some manufacturers even offer melatonin gummies.
What is Melatonin Used For?
People use melatonin supplements to adjust the body’s internal clock. It is used for jet lag, for adjusting sleep-wake cycles in people whose daily work schedule changes (shift-work disorder), and for helping blind people establish a day and night cycle. Melatonin is naturally made, has a low side-effect profile, and there is substantial scientific evidence showing its efficacy.
Melatonin has also been studied for the treatment of cancer, immune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, depression, seasonal affective disorder, and sexual dysfunction. The results of most of these studies remain inconclusive. However, it has been shown to clearly ameliorate seasonal affective disorder and circadian misalignment, in studies by other researchers.