FAQ on Melatonin
Can I take melatonin while pregnant?
Taking melatonin while pregnant may be safe in low doses. However, there are not enough randomized, controlled trials done on pregnant people to claim that melatonin is completely safe during pregnancy. So, if you want to be safe, you should ask your doctor if you should take melatonin, or you should avoid taking melatonin supplements while you are pregnant.
Is melatonin a sleeping pill?
While melatonin does promote sleep, it is not a sleeping pill in the traditional sense. The main difference between melatonin and sleeping medications such as Zolpidem (brand name Ambien) is that melatonin naturally occurs in the body while nonbenzodiazepines and other common sleep medications don’t. Because of that, melatonin has a much lower risk profile than commonly prescribed sleeping pills.
Is it okay to take melatonin every night?
It is okay to take melatonin every night if you’re taking it on a short-term basis. If you’re taking melatonin for longer than a month, it’s important to take breaks every 4-6 weeks to prevent unwanted long-term effects of melatonin use, such as drowsiness and headaches. Some experts also believe that long-term melatonin use can result in the suppression of one’s natural melatonin production; hence, cycling off melatonin periodically is advised.
Is melatonin a drug?
Melatonin is not considered a drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies this compound as a dietary supplement that promotes sleep. Therefore, you do not need a prescription to buy melatonin.
What foods are high in melatonin?
The two foods most known for their high melatonin content are eggs and fish. Some plant foods, including nuts, mushrooms, and seeds, are also a great source of melatonin for those that don’t eat animal-derived products.
How long does melatonin last?
The effects of melatonin sleep aids last for about 4-5 hours. The effects are strongest in the first two hours and start to fade over the next two to three hours.
What can contribute to sleep issues?
Many things, including stress, frequent travel, your work schedule, evening exposure to electronic screens, and even your sleep position, can contribute to sleep issues. Poor sleep can also be caused by chronic pain and illnesses like sleep apnea and acid reflux.
Cancer treatment can also cause sleep disturbances, especially in cases of prostate cancer and breast cancer. If you would like to determine what’s contributing to your sleep issues, an insomnia symptom checker may be a great place to start.
Can I take melatonin twice in one night?
While taking melatonin twice in one night isn’t dangerous, we don’t recommend doing it often. Taking a second dose late at night can promote side effects such as brain fog and drowsiness the following day.
Therefore, if the melatonin dosage you’re currently taking doesn’t help you fall asleep, increasing the dosage or switching to a more high-quality supplement (such as our gummies) is better than doubling up on your melatonin throughout the night.
Why is sleep important?
Sleep is one of the most powerful health tools in your arsenal and a major part of healthy living. Proper sleep can provide health benefits for anything from men’s health and women’s health issues to physical and mental health concerns. Improper sleep is commonly linked to depression, anxiety, heart disease, and poor eye health.
Should I take melatonin with food or on an empty stomach?
It’s best to take melatonin on an empty stomach about 1-2 hours before bedtime. Melatonin will still work if you take it with food, but its effects may be delayed because your stomach will have to digest the food in addition to the melatonin.