Melatonin Supplements

Melatonin for Nightshift Workers?

8/28/2020
Does using melatonin before going to sleep in the morning improve attention and concentration in people working nightshifts? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for Melatonin.

Caution With Melatonin & Diabetes

8/20/2020
Research is raising concern regarding the use of melatonin by people with diabetes. For more details – as well as other concerns with melatonin – see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for Melatonin.

Melatonin for Sleep and Parkinson's

6/05/2020
Melatonin is known to trigger sleep, but can it help people with Parkinson’s disease? See the results of the latest study in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Melatonin During Chemotherapy?

4/21/2020
Does melatonin improve sleep quality and have other benefits during chemotherapy for breast cancer? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Melatonin and Cataracts

3/06/2020
Do you have cataracts (clouded lenses of the eye)? A recent study suggests that having them removed and replaced with a certain type of intraocular lens may increase natural melatonin production. For details, see the ConsumerTips section of the new Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.

Is Melatonin Safe for Children?

1/27/2020
Find out what side effects melatonin had when taken for up to two years by children and adolescents in a small study. See the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for melatonin.

Melatonin & Post-Op Delirium

10/07/2019
Reduced melatonin levels following surgery have been implicated in the development of post-operative delirium. But does taking melatonin around the time of surgery reduce this risk? Find out in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Melatonin for PCOS?

6/17/2019
Can melatonin help women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Melatonin for Troubled Sleep?

3/18/2019
Does melatonin supplementation help people with a condition involving intense dreams as well as laughing, yelling, kicking or punching during sleep? Learn what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Melatonin for Headaches

11/26/2018
Recent reports suggest that melatonin, taken daily, may eliminate episodes of stabbing headache. Melatonin may also benefit people with migraine headache. For details, see the Headache section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.)

Melatonin for Fibromyalgia

11/16/2018
Daily melatonin supplementation has been found to decrease pain and improve other symptoms of fibromyalgia. For details, see the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.)

Melatonin and Menopause

7/27/2018
Can taking melatonin reduce the severity of menopause symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, and sweats? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Pick for melatonin.)

Melatonin and Restless Legs Syndrome

7/12/2018
Taking a melatonin supplement can help some people fall asleep, but a study suggests that it may be a problem for people with restless legs syndrome. Get the details, and learn about potential side effects of melatonin in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Melatonin Supplements Review.

Melatonin for Poor Sleepers

6/19/2018
For people who cannot fall asleep until early morning, a recent study showed some benefit with a low-dose form of melatonin. For details, see the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.)

Melatonin and Balance

6/01/2018
If you take melatonin, be aware that it can potentially affect balance for a period of time, as demonstrated in a recent study. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.

Melatonin Improves Sleep in Children with Autism

11/06/2017
Prolonged-release melatonin helped children with autism fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer in a new study. Get the details, plus more about the best way to take melatonin to get a good night's sleep, in the "What It Does" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >> [Also see our Top Picks for melatonin supplements in the Review.]

Melatonin Increases Aggression

7/28/2017
A study among young men found melatonin to modestly increase aggressive behavior. For more about this and other potential side effects of melatonin see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review (which also includes our Top Picks among products).

Melatonin vs. Light Therapy for Sleep

4/11/2017
A recent study found that melatonin was slightly better than light therapy in helping children fall asleep. The overall results, however, may have been better with a lower dose. For details see the "What It Does" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Melatonin Quality Concern

1/12/2017
A recent Canadian study found that 71% of melatonin supplements did not contain within 10% of labeled amounts of melatonin. Certain types were more likely to be off-the-mark than others. For details, and our own tests of (U.S.) products, see the "Quality Concerns" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Melatonin for Migraine

11/04/2016
Melatonin was shown to reduce migraine headaches as well as a prescription migraine drug but with fewer side-effects in a recent study. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Melatonin for Itchy Skin

11/28/2015
Atopic dermatitis is an itchy inflammation of the skin, affecting up to 10% of adults and 30% of children. A recent study in children and adolescents with atopic dermatitis found that taking melatonin modestly reduced symptoms and, not surprisingly, reduced the time needed to fall asleep. For details about this and other uses of melatonin, as well our reviews of available melatonin supplements (including several similar to the one studied), see the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Melatonin Safety in Women

10/02/2015
A year-long, placebo-controlled study in postmenopausal women found that moderate doses of melatonin resulted in no increase in daytime drowsiness or adverse events. Get more details and about this and other melatonin studies (and see tests of products) in the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Melatonin Helps Post-Op Sleep

9/28/2015
A study found that giving melatonin to women significantly improved their sleep time during the weeks after breast cancer surgery. For details, including our tests of products, see the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Melatonin for Anxiety Before Medical Procedures?

9/04/2015
Some studies in men and women show that melatonin can reduce anxiety before surgery. A recent study in children found it can also reduce the anxiety and pain associated with blood tests. For details, including dosage, evidence for other uses of melatonin, and our tests of popular products, see the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Melatonin Increases Bone Density

6/06/2015
Research has begun to suggest that melatonin may have a positive effect on the skeleton. The latest study shows that giving post-menopausal women with bone loss daily melatonin causes small, but significant improvements in bone density. Details, including dosage, as well as our tests of melatonin supplements, are found in the Melatonin Supplements Review >>

Caution Urged with Melatonin

3/02/2015
In light of increasing use of melatonin in children, an expert is cautioning that its long-term safety has not been established and it should be used carefully. For more about this -- as well as other concerns with melatonin, its efficacy, and our reviews of melatonin supplements, see the Melatonin Supplements Review >>