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If I take melatonin regularly each evening to successfully to treat insomnia and miss a dose, will I experience sleep disruption?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Melatonin

Possible but not likely, if it was working when taken regularly.

In brief: Melatonin

Possible but not likely, if it was working when taken regularly.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Melatonin is available over-the-counter so it does not have to pass through the same scrutiny as a pharmaceutical.
We know less about it as a result. We do know that the body naturally produces melatonin in response to darkness, and it is associated with somnolence. It is possible that one can become accustomed to taking it and experience sleep disruption from missing a dose.

In brief: Maybe

Melatonin is available over-the-counter so it does not have to pass through the same scrutiny as a pharmaceutical.
We know less about it as a result. We do know that the body naturally produces melatonin in response to darkness, and it is associated with somnolence. It is possible that one can become accustomed to taking it and experience sleep disruption from missing a dose.
Dr. Robert Berkowitz
Dr. Robert Berkowitz
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Dr. Steve Drabek
Family Medicine
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In brief: No

Not necessarily. Sleeping medications are not something that makes you sleep, they may help with sleep.

In brief: No

Not necessarily. Sleeping medications are not something that makes you sleep, they may help with sleep.
Dr. Steve Drabek
Dr. Steve Drabek
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