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Is It OK to Take Melatonin Every Night?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Melatonin, a hormone produced naturally by your body’s pineal gland, is a popular supplement used by an estimated 3.1 million Americans
  • Melatonin has a very safe track record, with few reports of adverse events, and may offer additional benefits beyond sleep, including metabolic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and antioxidant effects
  • While melatonin is thought to be relatively safe when used for short or even medium periods (up to 18 months), the long-term effects of melatonin, including in children, are largely unknown
  • If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, pay attention to sleep hygiene first, even before trying a natural supplement like melatonin

Melatonin, a hormone produced naturally by your body's pineal gland, is a popular supplement used by an estimated 3.1 million Americans. One of its primary roles is regulating your body's circadian rhythm, and melatonin supplements are often used as sleep aids or to help sleep problems related to shift work, jet lag and sleep disorders.

From 2007 to 2012, use of melatonin among U.S. adults more than doubled, perhaps because sleep troubles are so widespread. A Consumer Reports survey found 80% of U.S. adults struggle with sleep, and 20% tried a natural remedy to help. Of those, melatonin was the most popular, with 86% of those who had tried a supplement as a sleep aid choosing melatonin.


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