Melatonin is a sleep hormone that bears the body. It is formed in the brain and gives the body a signal at night that we must go to bed. In the Netherlands, these pills are available without a prescription and are used to treat sleep rhythm problems in adults.
Research from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam between 871 children, at an average age of eleven, showed that these pills are also popular among young people. Parents think that this will improve their child's short or poor sleep.
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