With more than a third of Americans struggling to snooze on a consistent basis, it's no surprise that the demand for sleep aids is on the rise. Melatonin is one of the most popular options sold in the U.S., with new research showing that melatonin supplement use quadrupled in this country between 1999 and 2018.
There's no question that we need some major help in the sleep department. But is melatonin really the best option, and is it even safe for nightly use? Here's why physicians and sleep experts caution against taking melatonin nightly and how they recommend improving your sleep instead.