Melatonin as an effective remedy for insomnia and difficulty sleeping!

Melatonin as an effective remedy for insomnia and difficulty sleeping!

Melatonin as an effective remedy for insomnia and difficulty sleeping! 


An Article By Dr. Salah Zaghlol.


Many of us suffer in a period or periods of our life with the problem of insomnia resulting from many causes and difficulties that we can face in our lives, and some of us may resort to medications that help us get rid of this problem that greatly hinders the performance of our work and the quality of our life. One of these very effective drugs is the subject of our article today, which is melatonin, What is melatonin? And what do you need to know about it before use?


What is melatonin?

  • A natural hormone secreted by the body from a gland in the brain, called the pineal gland, as a response to the onset of darkness.

Also, melatonin secretion decreases with age

  1. What are the benefits of melatonin?
  2. Reducing the time required to fall asleep
  3. Increase the number of hours of sleep
  4. Adjust the biological clock
  5. Adjusting the sleep pattern of people traveling from one region to another in which the hours differ, is scientifically known as Jet lag disorder.

Why is melatonin recommended for other medications?

It is a natural substance that does not cause habituation or addiction and does not result in symptoms of dizziness and severe headache after waking up, like other medicines.

What concentrations and dosage forms are there?

Melatonin is available in 2, 3, and 5 concentrations

There are many medicinal forms, such as syrups, tablets for swallowing, sweets for chewing, as well as tablets placed under the tongue.

What is the daily dose?

The dose is 5 mg as a maximum for adults, before or at bedtime, or as prescribed by the doctor, and does not exceed the permissible daily dose.

Tips and practices to increase the effectiveness of melatonin and reduce insomnia:

  • Sit in a dark and quiet room and not be exposed to light
  • Do not drink any nicotine or caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime
  • Use an eye cover
  • Not to exercise before bedtime or to watch television and mobile phones
  • Take a warm bath and do relaxation exercises


You should consult a doctor or pharmacist before use in the event of any health diseases, or taking any therapeutic drugs, and also avoid using it during pregnancy and lactation, or if any allergic reaction or significant side effects appear.

The side effects

Side effects are not common, but some may experience:

  • Hypertension
  • Some may experience nightmares
  • Nervousness and vertigo

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