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When can melatonin help with sleep?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Melatonin may help you sleep better in certain circumstances, such as:
  • If you know you’re going to have a major shift in sleep schedule. Because of how melatonin works, it can be beneficial for those who know they will be up late for a few nights in a row and know they will have trouble getting back to their normal sleep schedule. It also works well for jetlag.
  • If you’re over 60 years old and are having trouble sleeping. Your body makes less melatonin as you age, so your body may need more assistance with melatonin to help you sleep better.

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