A good night’s sleep is about more than beauty rest. Research has linked quality sleep to better brain health, heart health and mental health — it can even lower risks for certain cancers.
But a new study suggests that an increasing number of Americans are having trouble getting those all-important z’s. Researchers tracked a fivefold increase in melatonin use among U.S. adults in the past few decades. Published in February in JAMA, the study also found that people are taking higher doses of the over-the-counter supplement than what’s typically recommended — despite scant evidence that melatonin works for your run-of-the-mill shut-eye issues, including insomnia.
To learn more about melatonin and how it may be beneficial, from AARP, CLICK HERE.