Melatonin is a hormone that the body produces naturally. It helps regulate the sleep cycle. As melatonin levels rise in the evening, we feel less alert, and when they fall by morning, we know it’s time to wake up.
Melatonin supplements can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, how long someone stays asleep, and may improve daytime alertness.
It’s important to talk to your health care professional before giving your child melatonin. The correct dosage, method, and time of use must correspond to your child’s age and particular sleep problem. Other 'stronger' sleep promoting medications are only occasionally recommended for children.
Good sleep habits and a consistent bedtime routine are key to getting a good sleep.