By Dr. Rick Tague


Melatonin is a hormone released by the pineal gland in the brain, especially at night.  It’s production is stimulated by dark and inhibited by light.  Melatonin levels are much higher in children than in adults.  Levels decline as we age.

Melatonin is very effective at establishing and maintaining a normal sleep cycle.  Timing is very important in the use of Melatonin.  For best results, take it as close to bedtime as possible.  We recommend  using sublingual Melatonin that dissolves under the tongue for the fastest, most effective results.  Purity and quality of product is very important, as it is with all hormones.

Side effects seem to be minimal or non-existent as far as we know.  More studies are needed.  Current evidence suggests Melatonin is safe when used on an “as needed” basis for jet lag or as a general sleep aid in place of prescription medications.  The most common side effect is drowsiness on the following day if too high of a dose is taken.  Vivid dreams are also common.

We recommend starting with approximately 1 mg of sublingual Melatonin placed under the tongue.  The sublingual CFN Melatonin tablets are 1 mg each.  Take one tablet under the tongue 15 minutes before bedtime.  If still awake 30 minutes later, the dose may be repeated.  You may find that you need anywhere from 1, up to 3 sublingual tablets.  However, always use the least amount that is effective for you.   Enjoy a good night’s sleep and sweet dreams!

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Rick Tague, M.D., M.P.H. & T.M. is a nutrition & weight loss specialist and the Founder & Medical Director of the Center for Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, P.A.

Dr. Tague is an Alpha Omega Alpha honors graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Tulane. Dr. Tague is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine. His medical practice has focused on optimum health, nutrition, and weight loss since 1996.

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