Melatonin: How Strong Is the Evidence for Morpheus-in-a-Bottle?

Cracked Science

While my body embraces rest, my mind, despite its organic roots, plows on ahead. It foregoes running and projects itself at stressful speeds, branching out and accelerating, carrying my heart beat with it. The pillow is only slowly warming up. The time is 1:30 AM.

I have learned to protect myself against insomnia but, once in a while, the temptation to forego what is funnily referred to as “sleep hygiene” is too difficult to overcome. That’s nothing: a friend of mine works nights and switches to something approaching a day schedule every weekend. But don’t worry, there’s a pill for that.

Despite being a hormone, melatonin is readily available over the counter in both Canada and the United States. It is classified as a dietary supplement, although it cannot be found in the food items we eat nor is it supplementing morbidly low melatonin levels in our bodies. It is…

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