Can You Get Hooked On Melatonin? Experts Share the Truth About This Popular Sleep Supplement

By Emily Laurence, OCT 28, 2022

Since melatonin occurs naturally in the body, you may be wondering when it can be helpful to take it in supplement form. Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, a sleep doctor and psychiatrist, says that some people find it beneficial to take melatonin when they’re traveling to help with jet lag. Some people also take melatonin to help them fall asleep faster or to stay asleep longer. “I have seen a number of patients sleep better from melatonin, but I have also seen people get sleepy, unenthused or even mildly depressed with low energy well into the next day after taking melatonin for a few nights,” Dr. Dimitriu says. “Sometimes better sleep can come with functioning worse the next day.”

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