A research letter published February 1, 2022, by the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported melatonin use has significantly increased from 1999-2000 to 2017-2018 across all demographic groups.

In addition, a 2021 consumer survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 51% of respondents reported using medication, over-the-counter supplements, or other substances to help them fall asleep, and 68% of those using sleep aids acknowledged that they’ve been using them more frequently during the pandemic.

Board-certified sleep experts from the AASM, including Dr. Jennifer Martin, are available for interviews to discuss the use of melatonin and other sleep aids. Dr. Martin can discuss:

  • Evidence-based recommendations from the AASM for melatonin and sleep aid use
  • AASM Clinical Practice Guideline which suggests that clinicians should not use melatonin in adults to treat chronic insomnia
  • Health effects of long-term melatonin use and proper dosage
  • Sleep hygiene tips for improving healthy sleep amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How to find support for an ongoing sleep problem