Melatonin Supplements Don’t Help Overcome Chronic Insomnia, Expert Says – Our body actually produces its own melatonin, it is a hormone made in the pineal gland. Its function is to help regulate the sleep-wake cycle, telling the body when it is time to sleep.

Many people claim that taking melatonin supplements has the potential to make people fall asleep more easily.

However, studies do not prove that melatonin supplements can treat types of sleep problems such as chronic insomnia.

“That’s a problem, because many people turn to supplements when suffering from insomnia,” explains Naima Covassin, assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic.

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In addition, melatonin also does not improve insomnia because the supplement form will only reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, an average of five to 8 minutes.

Illustration of sleep (Unsplash)
Illustration of sleep (Unsplash)

But if melatoin consumption is recommended by a doctor, they will usually ask the patient to start it gradually, at least 0.5 to 1 milligram per day.

In fact, the supplement is not intended as a long-term regimen.

“Think of it as a short-term approach to improving or improving (your) sleep patterns and then getting into (your) own healthy sleep routine,” Covassin continued. Health.

Otherwise, the underlying problem causing sleep disturbances will be ‘covered up’ or ignored. Over time it can cause problems.

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In addition, sleep disorders are also influenced by lifestyle patterns.

“If you’re still drinking coffee in the afternoon, or glued to your phone late at night, you’re not giving your body a chance for melatonin (in the body) to work.”