Melatonin may help you sleep better. But it’s still a lousy sleeping pill.

A perfect sleeping pill — one that gets people to fall asleep faster, and for a longer period of time, with no side effects — is a still a dream. Such a magic pill could potentially solve many problems. Millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep. In a recent survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 35 percent of Americans are sleeping fewer than seven hours per night, the recommended healthy amount.

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