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Melatonin Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Melatonin Supplements Review

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11/29/2015

Melatonin for Itchy Skin

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 >>
3/03/2015

Caution Urged with Melatonin

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 >>
6/07/2015

Melatonin Increases Bone Density

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 >>
11/07/2017

Melatonin Improves Sleep in Children with Autism

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.]
8/21/2020

Caution With Melatonin & Diabetes

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.
11/27/2018

Melatonin for Headaches

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.)
10/08/2019

Melatonin & Post-Op Delirium

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.
10/16/2020

Melatonin for Better Sleep

Can melatonin improve sleep in people hospitalized and receiving intensive care? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also learn about melatonin for improving sleep with other conditions, and see our Top Picks for melatonin.
3/19/2021

Melatonin and Cancer

Can high-dose melatonin increase survival time or improve symptoms in people with advanced lung cancer? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of our Melatonin Supplements Review.

Also see results of a study in which melatonin was given during breast cancer treatment.

See our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.
11/02/2021

Melatonin in Nuts?

Do pistachios or other nuts contain significant amounts of melatonin? How does roasting affect the melatonin content in nuts? See what a new study found in the ConsumerTips section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.
11/05/2021

When Melatonin Does or Doesn't Help in Hospitals

See the latest research on whether or not melatonin helps people undergoing medical procedures or when hospitalized. Also learn if melatonin has been shown to help with other sleep issues. It's all in our Melatonin Supplements Review, which includes our Top Picks for melatonin.
10/23/2020

Lower Dose Melatonin for Children

A new report suggests that very low doses of melatonin may be adequate to raise levels in children. For details, see the Dosage section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for low-dose melatonin.
10/20/2020

Melatonin and COVID-19

Can melatonin supplementation reduce the risk of death in people with severe COVID-19? See what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.
10/31/2020

Melatonin for Insomnia?

Can melatonin help middle-aged men and women with insomnia fall asleep faster or improve sleep quality? Find out what a new study showed in the What It Does section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.
6/08/2021

Melatonin & Weight

Can melatonin supplementation improve sleep or reduce weight? See what a new study among nightshift workers found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.
7/13/2021

Melatonin and Autism

Can melatonin supplementation improve sleep, behavior, or mood in children with autism spectrum disorder? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.
12/20/2020

Melatonin for COVID-19?

Can melatonin reduce the duration of symptoms in people with COVID-19? Get the details in the COVID-19 section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks for melatonin.
12/20/2020

Melatonin for Anxiety?

Can taking melatonin reduce anxiety before surgery? Find out what a recent analysis of studies showed in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks for melatonin.
1/28/2020

Is Melatonin Safe for Children?

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.
6/20/2018

Melatonin for Poor Sleepers

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.)
3/19/2019

Melatonin for Troubled Sleep?

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.
11/17/2018

Melatonin for Fibromyalgia

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.)
6/02/2018

Melatonin and Balance

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.
6/18/2019

Melatonin for PCOS?

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.
1/13/2017

Melatonin Quality Concern

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 >>
7/28/2018

Melatonin and Menopause

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.)
6/06/2020

Melatonin for Sleep and Parkinson's

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.
4/22/2020

Melatonin During Chemotherapy?

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.
3/07/2020

Melatonin and Cataracts

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.
8/29/2020

Melatonin for Nightshift Workers?

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.
7/13/2018

Melatonin and Restless Legs Syndrome

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.
10/03/2015

Melatonin Safety in Women

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 >>
9/05/2015

Melatonin for Anxiety Before Medical Procedures?

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 >>
7/29/2017

Melatonin Increases Aggression

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).
3/06/2021

Melatonin After Stroke?

Melatonin supplementation may reduce the risk of developing delirium after a stroke, according to a new study. Get the details in the What It Does section of our Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.
12/03/2021

Fracture Risk with Melatonin Supplements?

This week a newsletter reader asked if taking 3 mg of melatonin every night for sleep can increase the risk of fractures. Get the answer and find out why this is a valid concern in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Melatonin Supplements. Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.
9/29/2015

Melatonin Helps Post-Op Sleep

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 >>
11/05/2016

Melatonin for Migraine

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 >>
4/12/2017

Melatonin vs. Light Therapy for Sleep

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 >>
11/18/2021

Does Melatonin Increase Alzheimer’s Risk?

My doctor said that melatonin may increase the risk of Alzheimer's as some sleeping pills do. Is this true? See the answer in Concerns and Cautions section of the Melatonin Supplements Review.
12/08/2016

Vitamin D Keeping You Up?

A study of women given daily doses of vitamin D found that those who achieved the highest blood levels of vitamin D experienced a deterioration in the quality of their sleep. This is consistent with an earlier study showing decreased production of melatonin with high-dose vitamin D. For details, see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
1/04/2020

Foods That May Help Sleep

In addition to supplements like melatonin that can aid sleep, certain foods are associated with reduced risk of insomnia. We've added information about this to our answer to the question: Which supplements can help me sleep?

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