Taking Melatonin? Should You or Shouldn't You?
If anything, questions about melatonin shouldn’t be keeping you up at night! Find out some common misconceptions about this natural but powerful sleep aid.
There’s loads of information online about melatonin. And nearly just as much, there are thousands of people who struggle with sleep. So to start, does melatonin really help with sleep?
One of the best things to note about melatonin is that melatonin is not a natural sleeping pill. This article and video shares some insight on this common misnomer.
Melatonin is a natural sleep promoter. Melatonin is actually a natural hormone made by the pineal gland. The pineal gland is located in the brain, and is inactive during the day and becomes active at night when the sun goes down. When the pineal gland is activated it produces melatonin, which is released into your blood stream. The sleep foundation describes how melatonin and sleep work is a great article here.
So melatonin can help sleep in specific instances, such as:
– Jet lag
– Shift work changes
– Disorders where your circadian rhythm is off/delayed sleep phase disorders
– Changes in routine
– Elderly (because melatonin can decrease in older age)
On the flip side, there are some things melatonin is not appropriate for, such as:
– Long-term sleep issues, like insomnia
– Difficulty sleeping due to worries, depression and stress
Melatonin is a natural way to encourage sleep but if you’re having serious sleep issues, it’s better to discuss with your doctor and seek other sleep aids – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a sleeping pill but it’s important to address underlying sleep issues to help you get the rest you need. If you try melatonin and find that it’s not effective, then it’s better to look to other options as you may have an underlying issue. It’s recommended that you don’t take melatonin for longer than two weeks.
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