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Is Melatonin Safe?

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With the supplement industry on the rise, many people are turning to Melatonin to help them get to sleep. But does it really work? And is it safe to use?

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Taking supplements is something you should make sure to discuss with your doctor to ensure it does not interact with other medications and to ensure you’re taking the correct dosages for your situation. Dr. Leslie Swanson, Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine’s Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Research Lab, says that in order to have an effect, melatonin has to be taken at the right time and at the correct dosages. Even then, it is mainly helpful for jet lag and night owls. Dr. Swanson also notes that studies show there has only been minimal improvement for people who have insomnia.

“Our bodies already make melatonin that helps us regulate our sleep-wake cycles so a supplement isn’t always needed. As it gets darker at night, the brain’s pineal gland gradually releases melatonin, which makes us drowsy as bedtime approaches.”

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For more information about whether or not melatonin supplements are safe and when to take them, check out this Michigan Health Article. It is recommended that you talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement.

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