Melatonin: Usage trends
Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 5:10 pm
No one knows the exact number of people who use melatonin. According to a CNN report, 20 million Americans have taken melatonin to treat jet lag or sleeping disorders. It is legal and therefore easy to buy this hormone in over-the-counter medication in the United States. Several other countries have had a different attitude towards such widespread use of a potentially dangerous hormone; several European countries and Canada restrict the sale of melatonin.
Scope and severity
While it is estimated that millions of Americans have taken melatonin, the scope and severity of its use in the United States is unknown. Regardless, the use of this hormone is probably much higher in the United States where it is legal than in Canada or Europe where it is not.
Age, ethnic, and gender trends
Since the elderly tend to have more problems with insomnia than do younger individuals, it is thought that this age group is more likely to use melatonin. However, there is no proof that this is true. Research studies investigating which groups use melatonin are needed before it is possible to definitively state who is more likely to use this hormone.