Consider The Evidence: Med/Peds Journal Roundup

February 22, 2006

Melatonin meta-analysis: Back to counting sheep?

Filed under: BMJ, melatonin, sleep — medblog @ 3:46 pm

BMJ 2/10 – Although Melatonin continues to be one of the most widely used supplements for sleep, its popularity seems to be driven by anecdotal evidence than RCTs. A meta-analysis in the BMJ looks at more than 30 trials with melatonin, and concludes that it is pretty much useless for anything related to sleep. Travelers, shiftworkers, and insomniacs are just going to have to keep getting refills on their Ambien until the next natural sleep-aid fad comes around.

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