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Natural Sleep Supplements: Risks and Side Effects of Taking Melatonin

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 04:23 PM

Melatonin is one of the natural sleep supplements available on the market today. It is targeted particularly at older adults, because the naturally occurring melatonin in the brain which controls sleep cycles throughout life gradually decreases with age.

According to WebMD, melatonin is a hormone which can be effective for insomnia or people who have abnormal sleeping patterns due to situations like night shift work or jet lag.

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One study showed that compared to the use of earplugs and eye masks, oral melatonin
was more likely to help patients exposed to the light and noise of a hospital ICU.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, melatonin use is
beneficial for sleep
especially in people who have a hard time falling asleep when everyone else does. Some side effects include, nausea, headache and dizziness. However, studies did not show a strong incidence of these problems.

Supplemental melatonin did not appear to have any effect on people without a sleep problem. Melatonin is found to be relatively safe in the short term, when used for only a few days or weeks.

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In addition to the side effects noted above, the Mayo Clinic also notes daytime sleepiness as a risk of the natural sleep supplement. It can also cause a variety of related symptoms like feelings of depression, anxiety or irritability.

Another risk to consider is that some of the available melatonin supplements on the market are potential derived from animals and could contain viral contaminants.
Like other natural sleep supplements, melatonin can have interactions with other drugs. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic also advise patients on birth control pills, diabetes medication, immunosuppressant drugs and blood thinners talk to a doctor before taking melatonin supplements.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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