Does melatonin do anything at all? Placebo effect, perhaps?


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released information today about research on melatonin supplements. The research was conducted at the University of Alberta for the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine. U of A researchers did a comprehensive review of all studies on the use of melatonin supplements to treat sleep disorders.

Click here to read the synopsis of what they found. Not looking so good for melatonin, me thinks!


One thought on “Does melatonin do anything at all? Placebo effect, perhaps?

  1. Melatonin is used by the body to induce sleep. In a natural environment, where the body’s biological clock functions best, Melatonin is excreted as the sunset fades to night. Because we are surrounded by so many outside light sources, the body can no longer use light levels to measure time, impeding the release of Melatonin at the proper time.

    As a supplement, it is most effective when taken at the same time each night. Taken regularly, the supplement can fill in for the body’s confusion, regardless of surrounding light. Melatonin is the body’s natural sleep inducer.

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