A 21-year-old female asked:

Is melatonin pills for sleeplessness hormonal or strong sleep medicine? i used to take it and it helped. i started taking them again these past 2 days, and even though it makes me fall asleep, i wake up after several hours and cant get back to sleep?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 47 years experience
Melatonin is an OTC relatively safe product intended to replicate the body's circadian rhythms. But like other sleeping pills, over time tolerance results and even higher doses may no longer be adequate. This is not a permanent sleep solution. Far better is a sleep hygiene program which a virtual consult at the paid portion of HT could provide.
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