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Melatonin is frequently used to treat sleep disorders but new research claims that it is only effective the sleep disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome. Sleep disorder may be caused by stress, caffeine, shift work, jetlag and health problems. Although melatonin is harmless in the short-term, it does not appear to alleviate sleep disorders in any way. Up to 12% of adults and 25% of children (50-70 million people in the US) have sleep disorders. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that sleepy drivers cause 10,000 vehicle accidents annually (killing 1,550 and maiming 40,000).
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About: Melatonin not helpful in most sleep disorders
Date: 10 December 2004
Source: WebMD Health
Author: Miranda Hitti
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