One of the most common side effects from blood pressure medications is poor sleep. In many people, poor sleep can contribute to increased appetite and weight gain –creating a vicious cycle. Taking melatonin, a natural sleep aid, can counteract the insomnia caused from ß-Blocker anti-hypertension medications, notes a study presented this week in the 25th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
In this research, men with high blood pressure taking daily ß-blocker medications were given a small dose of 5mg of melatonin before bedtime. They found that melatonin significantly boosted sleep time and sleep quality in nearly all research subjects.
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