• Jon Duellman PT

Melatonin for Sleep: Does it Work?

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

What should I do if I can't sleep? People are using many strategies to get to sleep these days. Some have been shown to be helpful in the research while others are just tales of placebo. So where does Melatonin fit in?

This past week I have been taking a deep dive on sleep online and in Matthew Walker's "Why We Sleep." It has been enlightening and also makes you want to take a nap and for good reason.

My curiosity for this was inspired by a good friend who used to take melatonin regularly to help sleep during his stressful pharmacy school program. My friend is very intelligent, I figure he must know something. melatonin does not require a prescription. Supplements and other over the counter alternative therapies don't have the same research to back them. So I took a look at the recent research to find out what is recommended for Melatonin use.

What is Melatonin?