Can I still use it on an on-going basis to help me sleep?


Q: I am 35 and am a frequent traveler. I take melatonin for jet lag. When I am not traveling, can I still use it on an on-going basis to help me sleep?

A: People under the age of 40 should not take melatonin on a regular and long-term basis because they usually produce adequate amounts on their own. Taking hormones such as melatonin on a long term basis may lead to the pineal gland (where melatonin is made) to be lazy and production levels may drop even after you stopped taking melatonin.