I use melatonin supplements frequently.  Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone made by the pineal gland that helps with regulating sleep patterns.  They do help me fall asleep.  I was told to use melatonin by my PCP.  Now, I certainly don’t trust everything a PCP says.  I always say that PCPs(internal medicine docs, general practitioners) know a little about a lot.  As opposed to specialists, who are supposed to know a lot about a little.  Sometimes specialists don’t give good advice though.  (Can you tell I’m disillusioned with the medical field)?  Anyway, I mentioned to my PCP that I was having trouble sleeping.  He said to try melatonin supplements.  They did help me sleep.  Help, sometimes they don’t do a thing.  I have read that melatonin helps after an ischemic stroke to promote neurogenesis(making new nerve cells) and to protect against future blood clots.  Here’s an example.  I have also read the opposite.  I have read that you shouldn’t use melatonin after a stroke.  Read this  This isn’t a study from a peer-reviewed journal though.  The overwhelming evidence seems to say that melatonin can be beneficial.  Sooooooo, I don’t know!  You can find whatever you want to find on the internet.   You just have to know what’s best to believe and not believe.  I use the supplements, so far no complications.  As with everything else, I suggest you do your own research and make up your own mind about what to use/ not use!

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