Melatonin for sleep problems and autism

Some evidence – there is enough evidence to indicate that this can be a helpful treatment option.

If after trying other interventions you are still having sleep problems, your professional might suggest taking melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that triggers sleep and is naturally produced by our bodies.

Melatonin can be prescribed by a paediatrician or child and adolescent psychiatrist and you would normally take a tablet about 30-90 minutes before bedtime. You should take the melatonin at the same time every day to help build up a regular sleep routine. You would usually start with a low dose, which might be increased until your sleep problems improve. Melatonin should be offered to you alongside other interventions, such as working with a professional on a sleep plan.

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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