Study Finds Melatonin Treats Headache

When it comes to the sleep hormone melatonin, it often boils down to getting more sleep or better sleep. Read ahead to know more.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaPublished at: Jul 28, 2022Updated at: Jul 28, 2022
Study Finds Melatonin Treats Headache

Melatonin is a hormone that the brain produces in response to darkness which helps with the timing of the circadian rhythms and then in turn with sleep and sleeping patterns. Whereas, exposure to light at night can block the melatonin production in the body. In addition, several researches also suggest that melatonin plays various other important roles in the body beyond sleep. 

When it comes to the sleep hormone melatonin, it often boils down to getting more sleep or better sleep. However, making sure you take the right amount of sleep can be tricky as if you take too little, and you don’t see a difference; but if you sleep too much, you may experience some side effects, prominently headaches.

A 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that melatonin content found across 31 supplements ranged from 83% less than advertised to a whopping 478% more than advertised.

Can melatonin treat migraines?

It is true that melatonin can help in treating migraines however, on the contrary melatonin can potentially trigger headaches too although it’s used to treat them. Studies have also shown that certain amounts of melatonin were effective in treating migraines even though it’s unclear if that has to do with the melatonin itself or even improved sleep.

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Study Finds Melatonin Treats Headache

Another promising study published in the journal Neurology found that daily 3-mg doses of melatonin helped in reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines. More than three-quarters of the research participants reported experiencing at least 50% fewer migraine attacks.

Aid to sleep when you have headache

According to the American Migraine Foundation both not getting enough sleep and sleeping too much can trigger headaches. The ideal time to sleep each night should be seven to eight hours . Here are a few tips that will help you in sleeping better when you have a headache:

  1. Create a dark and peaceful sleep environment
  2. Turn off your gadgets one hour before you sleep
  3. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and heavy meals before bed
  4. Practice relaxation techniques
  5. Most importantly, stick to a sleep schedule  
 
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