Melatonin Pills Vs Gummies: Which One Should You Choose?

Melatonin supplements are a common staple treatment option in the sleep-deprived community. In fact, a 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey found that three million Americans were using melatonin as sleep aids (via Johns Hopkins Medicine).

With the increase in popularity comes the selection of more melatonin products. Now there are options other than melatonin pills, like melatonin gummies. However, it's important to note the possible side effects of either product to find the best fit for you.

While your body produces melatonin naturally, it may be helpful to take a boost of melatonin to relax you in the evenings and promote better sleep. The recommended dosage for both pills and gummies are .3 milligrams to 5 milligrams, which typically equates to one pill or two gummies (via Bustle).

Gummies may be a desirable choice for you due to taste and their fast-acting properties. Experts tell Bustle that the gummies dissolve right into your bloodstream via your saliva, but once they are consumed, the digestion rate is similar. Both gummies and the pill-form of melatonin can have you feeling the effects in as little as 30 minutes.

How melatonin gummies affect your digestion

However, melatonin gummies also contain sugar, colors, flavors, and other additives that could affect your digestion. For the most part, the choice of melatonin in pill or gummy form is up to your personal preference. Experts tell Bustle whichever product you select, try looking for a United States Pharmacopeia-verified brand, and products with the National Science Foundation certification. And always be aware of typical side effects of anything you are taking. Some people have reported drowsiness, headaches, confusion or vivid dreams, and nausea after taking melatonin, according to Bustle.

You should consult with your medical team before continuing to use melatonin if you do not notice any results, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Those that are breastfeeding or pregnant, have diabetes, high blood pressure, an autoimmune or seizure disorder, or struggle with depression should not use melatonin without discussing with their doctor first.