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The Right Way to Take Melatonin

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“The main function of melatonin, from a circadian perspective, is to signal the body that it’s nighttime.”

I first heard of melatonin in the mid-1990s after complaining to a friend that I wasn’t a morning person. “Take melatonin,” she said, as though it were the most obvious thing in the world. At the time, a Newsweek cover was touting the supplement as a magic sleep bullet, and prominent signs in windows of health food stores proclaimed, “We have melatonin.” Excited that I might become one

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