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Melatonin Helps Patients With High Blood Pressure To Sleep

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  • Trouble sleeping, or insomnia, is one of the most common side effects of beta-blockers (drugs used to manage high blood pressure), as they suppress nighttime melatonin secretion.
  • People taking beta-blockers who received a melatonin supplement nightly for three weeks enjoyed a 37-minute increase in their amount of sleep, along with an 8 percent improvement in sleep efficiency (meaning they spent more time asleep while they were in bed), and a 41-minute increase in “stage 2” sleep, which is the longest sleep stage during the night.
  • Those taking melatonin developed no tolerance and had no rebound sleep disturbances when the melatonin was withdrawn, as often occurs with sleeping pills. They did, however, have a positive “carryover effect” of improved sleep even after they stopped taking the melatonin.
  • Even very small amounts of light, such as the glow from a clock radio or streetlights shining through your bedroom window, can directly disrupt your melatonin production; if you are having trouble sleeping, a signal that your melatonin production is off, make sure you're sleeping in total darkness (use blackout drapes and a sleep mask) and also turn lights down prior to bedtime.

By Dr. Mercola

About 22 million Americans are on long-term treatment with beta-blockers, a class of drugs frequently prescribed to manage high blood pressure and as cardioprotection after a heart attack.

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