Melatonin in Patients with Reduced REM Sleep Duration – (01-21-04)


Melatonin in Patients with Reduced REM Sleep Duration: Two Randomized Controlled Trials

I usually hesitate to use melatonin in most cases, and would prefer valerian root and/or snacks high in tryptophan (bananas, sunflower seeds) as a first line approach. I view melatonin as a powerful hormone that has the ability to impact many aspects of physiology. However, in patients on a weird sleep schedule (midnights, travel) I have found it to work very well. Considering how many patients I see that have been given Ambien or some other such drug to sleep, the fact that melatonin induces REM sleep and Ambien doesn’t this should be a no-brainer.

JCEM — Abstracts: Kunz et al. 89 (1): 128 -

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