Posted 21 January 2020
The Guardian Nicola Davis Tue 14 Jan 2020 07.00 GMT
Melatonin should not be offered by NHS to treat jet lag – review Independent review says evidence for using hormone for jet lag remains poor
The hormone melatonin should not be available on the NHS to help treat jet lag, a review of the evidence has concluded.
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the body during darkness that plays a role in the body clock and helps to regulate sleep cycles.
It is available on the NHS as a treatment for some sleep problems, including in older people and children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Whether it helps with jet lag is less clear . However in 2019 two melatonin products were licensed as a prescription medication for managing short-term jet lag by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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