Melatonin helps heart patients sleep longer, study finds


September 28, 2012 2:46:52 PM PDT
High blood pressure medications can cause some people to lose sleep, but a nightly dose of melatonin may make a difference.

A small study in the journal Sleep found people being treated for high blood pressure or hypertension who also took melatonin slept longer, fell asleep sooner and had more restful sleep than people taking an inactive placebo. They slept an average of 36 minutes longer per night.

Sleep doctors are well aware of the difficulties that beta-blocking meds can cause and say the results of this study are compelling.