I was surprised to see that many people search about using Melatonin for anxiety every month. As far as I was aware, Melatonin is great for regulating your sleep cycles and treating insomnia, but I had never heard of using it to treat anxiety. I decided to investigate.
Does Melatonin Work for Anxiety?
This substance primarily works on helping you get to sleep. It is a hormone that is naturally found in your body that regulates your sleep cycle. You need to have the right balance in your body to get a good sleep night after night. Some people with chronic insomnia have a problem with this balance being out of whack.
For people with anxiety who have trouble falling asleep due to anxious thoughts for example, it can be a godsend. However can it work on treating anxiety?
There is some evidence to suggest that it can be effective, one study showed a reduction in anxiety levels before surgery when Melatonin was administered under the patients tongue.
In fact it was shown to be as effective as the anxiety reducing medication Midazolam at reducing pre-surgery anxiety. Less side effects were reported too.
There is also the knock on effect that getting quality sleep can have on your mood and level of anxiety. Could it be that Melatonin indirectly reduces anxiety by giving sufferers a higher quality and quantity of sleep? I couldn’t find research to prove or disprove this theory at the time of writing.
So it is difficult to give a definite answer as to the question: does Melatonin work for anxiety? I believe more research into this area is needed in order for me to give a more definite answer.
Melatonin Side Effects
Because Melatonin is a substance naturally found in all of our bodies, side effects tend to be mild. However there are a few precautions to take before you consider buying a product containing this ingredient:
- Do not use during pregnancy or breast-feeding
- You may get headaches from this supplement
- Other side effects include: daytime sleepiness, dizziness, stomach upset
Melatonin Brand Names
There are quite a few brand names under which Melatonin is sold as a supplement including Nature’s Bounty, GNC and Now Foods.
Perhaps the most well known (and my top rated insomnia treatment) is called Melatrol. This Melatonin containing supplement contains the right amount of this ingredient to help correct problems with your sleep cycle. Therefore it works in the long term to reduce and eventually stop insomnia.