Hi Rabbi, I have a couple questions about Keriat Shema Al HaMita: Firstly, is typing an email or text message after reciting Bedtime Shema considered a Hefsek? Also, if one feels that he cannot fall asleep after reciting Bedtime Shema, would it be permitted to take melatonin supplements, even if they are flavored? Thank you!
- Typing an e-mail would be like talking, it is the involvement in other things, that is considered a hefsek.
- Regarding your second question, you can take the melatonin supplements, even though you will make a bracha on it. This is because it is in order to help you fall asleep.