How Melatonin Affects Aging and Alzheimer’s

I talk a lot about melatonin, because for sleep and overall health, melatonin is a major player. What makes melatonin so powerful for our health? Melatonin is a regulator of circadian rhythms. By keeping the circadian clocks and rhythms in sync, melatonin enables regular sleep-wake cycles (and with them, sound, refreshing sleep). So much of…

Could your Mobile Phone be Causing Melatonin Madness?

Do I even need to ask how often you’re dealing with your cell phone? For better or worse, most of us spend our daily lives in close and constant contact with our phones. You’ve probably given some thought to how all that scrolling is affecting your attention span, focus, and mood. I hope you’ve also…

Valerian v. Melatonin: What’s the Difference for Sleep?

Valerian and melatonin are two of the most popular sleep supplements. Both have been shown in studies to help people fall asleep more easily, to address symptoms associated with insomnia, and to improve the quality and quantity of nightly rest. But these two frequently used sleep-boosting supplements work very differently to achieve their results. Understanding…

What You Need to Know Before Taking Melatonin

If you can’t fall asleep night after night, it’s no wonder that you’re looking for a sleep aid–and as awareness grows about the addictive nature and side effects of sleeping pills, one natural supplement has nearly become a household name: melatonin. Taking melatonin to help sleep, of course, is nothing new. But a problem I…

Should You Use Melatonin To Help You Sleep?

What You Need to Know About This Popular Sleep Aid An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans struggle with quality of sleep or a sleep disorder every night–and many, wary of traditional pharmaceutical sleep aids, are reaching for an increasing popular alternative: melatonin.  Now you know me–I always advocate for natural sleep aids and solutions;…

Can Melatonin Help Protect Against Covid-19?

This question has been flooding my inbox and social media: Dr. Breus, I’ve heard that melatonin can help me avoid Covid-19—is that true? There’s a lot of information swirling around out there right now, about treatments and prophylactics, medications and supplements to protect against Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus now circulating the U.S….

New Science on the Health Benefits of Melatonin—and How Well Does it Really Work For Sleep?

Most people think of melatonin as primarily—or even exclusively—a sleep remedy. Melatonin, of course, is critical for healthy sleep. The body’s own melatonin production is essential to circadian rhythm regulation, and the maintenance of daily sleep-wake cycles. As a supplement, melatonin has grown tremendously in popularity, largely on the basis of its reputation as a…

Video Games That Value Sleep and Is It Ok For Kids To Take Melatonin?

With summer nearly here it seems like more fun is in the air. Summertime means longer night walks, hanging out with friends, and BBQ’s. I find myself acting more like a kid and staying outside until dark and enjoying the summer evenings with my dog. On my way back from Portugal this week, I had…

Understanding Melatonin: How Melatonin Can Help Sleep and Bio Time

When I travel—which I seem to be doing a lot of these days—I use melatonin to help with jet lag (0.5 mg, ninety minutes before I want to go to sleep in my new destination, with 20 minutes of light therapy in the morning). Jet lag can be complicated—there are many factors that influence how…