Is taking a melatonin supplement help you get more sleep on the flight? Read more to find out the answer.

When you are exposed to darkness, your body will release a naturally-occurring hormone called melatonin. Typically, it is used as a treatment for insomnia.



The American National Library of Medicine (NLM) explained that taking an oral melatonin supplement at take off may help one to sleep throughout the flight. The NLM emphasized that as long as one does not exceed the intake of 50mg of melatonin supplement, it should be fine.

Nevertheless, the NLM has reported that melatonin supplement may show little or no effect on certain individuals. Also, melatonin supplements are not recommended for those aged 18 and below.

Like other drugs, melatonin supplements have side effects too. Most common side effects are abdominal cramps, reversible infertility, dizziness, headache, mild anxiety, confusion, nausea, minor tremor, irritability, confusion, pruritus, transient depressive symptoms, nightmares, vomiting, and hypotension.

It is always better to check with your doctor prior to taking such a supplement.

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