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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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.