What is Natrol Melatonin?

Natrol Melatonin supplements are used to help relieve sleeplessness and to promote a healthy sleep cycle. The active ingredient, melatonin, is a hormone that your brain naturally produces to maintain your sleep-wake cycle. The production of this hormone is actually dependent on light. 

Melatonin production increases after sunset, with levels staying high throughout the night to promote sleepiness. In contrast, melatonin production decreases early in the morning, with levels staying low throughout the day to promote wakefulness.

Exposure to blue light at night, changes in time zone, and working overnight shifts can all affect your body's production of melatonin.

Side Effects

The most common side effects from Natrol Melatonin include:

  • Headache

  • Stomach discomfort

  • Dizziness

  • Daytime sleepiness

  • Grogginess the next day

  • Irritability

  • Drowsiness

Precautions

Do not take more than suggested on the product label. This product is meant to be taken as needed for occasional sleeplessness. So, if you've been having sleep problems for over two weeks, speak to your doctor before continuing to use Natrol Melatonin. Do not take melatonin while driving or operating heavy machinery.

If you have any medical condition or are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor if melatonin is the right choice for you. While short-term use of melatonin is generally considered to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding, not enough data currently exists to recommend the use of this product in this population.

Lastly, Natrol Melatonin should not be used by children under the age of four.

Interactions

Even though it is a dietary supplement, melatonin may have mild to moderate interactions with many drugs. For instance, taking melatonin with another sleep medicine, or medication that causes sleepiness, may increase the side effects of melatonin. If you're currently on medication and are unsure of potential interactions, check with a healthcare professional prior to taking Natrol Melatonin.

Ingredients

Depending on your needs, Natrol Melatonin comes in 4 strengths:

  • 1 milligram of melatonin

  • 3 milligrams of melatonin

  • 5 milligrams of melatonin

  • 10 mg milligrams of melatonin

While the suggested dose of melatonin may differ from person to person, most adults start with anywhere between 0.5 to 5 milligrams a day. The maximum recommended dose of melatonin is 10 milligrams a day3 .

Alternatives

Looking to explore another melatonin brand? Cabinet Natural Sleep Aid is a great alternative to Natrol Melatonin. In fact, supplements from Cabinet Health are:

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FAQ:

Is it safe to take Natrol Melatonin?

Melatonin tablets, when taken as directed, are generally safe. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or have other medical conditions, talk to your doctor before taking Natrol Melatonin.

What are the side effects of Natrol Melatonin?

The most common side effects from Natrol Melatonin include:

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Daytime sleepiness

  • Irritability

  • Drowsiness

  • Grogginess the next day

How long does it take for Natrol Melatonin to work?

You may start to feel the effects of the sleep tablets within 30 minutes.

How many Natrol Melatonin tablets should i take?

It's recommended to take one tablet of your desired dose 20-30 minutes before bed.