Neurology Today: Neurologists presented updated research on the role that sleep disorders play in neurologic disorders and how they are using melatonin to treat them.

Not only was Stephanie’s overall melatonin level low, but its cyclical rise and fall was out of sync with the circadian day-night rhythm. Dr. Oyegbile prescribed 3 mg of melatonin to be taken before bedtime each night, as well as topiramate.

“After three to four months her symptoms improved significantly, so that she was having a migraine only about once a month or once every other month,” Dr. Oyegbile said. “This is a great example of how melatonin, sleep disorders and circadian rhythms can really play a role in neurologic disorders. It’s something we neurologists need to keep in mind.”