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Trying melatonin

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I have been eating even in the middle of the night. I think I am trying to put myself to sleep with food.

So.... I took half a dose of melatonin last night. A whole dose puts me to sleep well into the next day.

It is 4:28 am and I am wide awake. This is the second time I have woken up tonight.

But I am not craving food. I think soon I can get back to sleep.

Hope this works! Chris
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MAGIK0731 6/28/2013 9:27AM

    I can't believe how many people use melatonin. I didn't think these types of things were safe but maybe I am in the minority. I still wouldn't try them though. Be safe everyone who does use it.

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FAVALL 6/28/2013 1:09AM

    I, too, struggle with sleep. Melatonin is best used to reset your time zone clock and not as a sleep inducing aid. Wishing you satisfying sleep!


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FLAMENM 6/27/2013 10:31PM

    Sleep tight!

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NORASPAT 6/27/2013 8:48PM

    CHRIS I use Melatonin all the time. I was never a sound sleeper but I sleep 6 or 7 hours with my Melatonin. I was using Schiff Melatonin 3mg and GABA. Recently none of the stores around here had it so I bought some UNDER the tongue and I was totally wiped out from it.
I bought A different brand of 3 MG at WalMart and since it goes through the intestines it lets me relax and sleep well. I wake up refreshed. I hope it will help you too. Pat in Maine.

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/27/2013 7:44PM

  It
s so annoying when these things happen. I also use Valarian Root once in awhile. I have a book by a Dr. Whitaker that says how much and 8 percent of the active ingredient. They use it in Europe.

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GRANNY2B2 6/27/2013 5:49PM

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WALLAHALLA 6/27/2013 4:58PM

    it works well for me

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 6/27/2013 4:23PM

    Maybe if you go to bed earlier and take a full one that will help?
Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn't.
I know stress wakes me up in the middle of the night and it is hard to go back to sleep. Good luck, not sleeping is horrible!

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NOSNACKER-57 6/27/2013 4:02PM

    Hi Chris, what I find that helps me is believe or not "when I wake up during the middle of the night I start to worry if I'll fall back to sleep only adding to my insomnia" so what I do now and it works, "I stopped worrying if I'll fall back to sleep" and believe I'll fall back to sleep. I think part of insomnia is worrying about it, I really do.

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FROSTY99 6/27/2013 3:26PM

    Makes me thankful that I am usually so tired at night that I fall asleep and stay asleep till at least 5 am. I get up early to walk before it gets so terribly hot so by 11 PM I am wiped out. I hope the melatonin works to give you some good sleep.

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RSHAID 6/27/2013 2:39PM

    I have gotten so used to waking up in the middle of the night that it is beginning to feel normal. I too, tend to eat something when I wake up. I have been told about melatonin, but I'm afraid of any side effects. Good luck!

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FRAN0426 6/27/2013 2:01PM

    I hope the melatonin will help you sleep. Maybe it will take a few nights of taking it before the half dose works.

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GOSPARK45 6/27/2013 1:45PM

    Wow, I didn't know so many people have trouble sleeping.
I hope you can figure it out. A good-nights' sleep is so important.

Good luck!


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PATRICIA441 6/27/2013 12:26PM

  I can join this group. I often have trouble getting to sleep . I get really tired and sleepy about 8:30 but if I go to bed that early I will be up at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and not be able to get bad to sleep. Good Luck finding out what will work for you!!

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/27/2013 11:51AM

  I sure do hope this works for you as a good nights sleep means a lot for our health.

Maybe when you wake up at that time your body has had enough sleep.

Everyone is different with various sleeping patterns. emoticon

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STITCH4EVER 6/27/2013 11:42AM

    WELCOME TO MY WORLD. I WAKE UP EVERY TWO HOURS . SINCE I SLEEP IN A CHAIR, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO CHANGE POSITIONS AND THE PAIN WAKES ME UP. BUT IT IS FAR WORSE IF I TRY TO SLEEP IN A BED. IF I GET 5 HOURS OF SLEEP IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD, IT'S A BIG DEAL. I HAVE BEEN USING MELATONIN FOR YEARS. DR. OZ SAYS THAT EVERYONE OVERDOSES ON IT. IF THAT IS THE CASE, WHY DO THEY SELL IT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT STRENGTHS? GOOGLE WHAT DR. OZ SAYS ABOUT MELATONIN. IT'S ONE OF THE FEW TIMES I HAVE DISAGREED WITH HIM AND SO DOES MY OWN DR.
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CAT-IN-CJ 6/27/2013 11:38AM

    I take Melatonin (3mg + 5mg time released) and St Johns Wort. Have been for years and it really works for me.

Have you tried relaxation techniques for deep sleep? There are some good ones out there.
I just started for chronic pain management and it really helps.
Good luck.

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NANCYPAT1 6/27/2013 9:50AM

    I have a son who has been an insomniac all his life - even as a baby, he rarely slept more than a couple of hours and never napped. He has been on medication for sleep almost all of his adult life and still if often up all night and most of the day - he will sometimes sleep as little as 2-3 hours in a 2-3 day period. He also does a lot of research into healthy solutions and has talked to many doctors and over MANY years. A couple of points he has shared are:

Take no more than 3 mg. of melatonin - more can result in some problems over time.

Ed swears by Valerian root (NOT THE WHOLE PLANT) capsules - and used it for a long time either with or without the melatonin.

I found a product that includes melatonin, Valerian root, calcium, magnesium, and a few other things like hops and passion flower - is really nice - there is NO morning-after sleepiness AND I am not oversleeping. It is by a company called Sundown and is called Super Snooze Melatonin Formula - only ONE capsule a night. Although I only recently tried it because I was afraid it might leave me groggy on school mornings, Ed has been using it for a while. It isn't expensive (around $10.00) and Ed's doctor said that it was safe for him to use even with his sleep meds.

Thanks for sharing this topic.

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NELLJONES 6/27/2013 9:41AM

    Good luck with the melatonin. My husband takes it with no ill effects, but it gives me nightmares.

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WILDKAT781 6/27/2013 8:32AM

    have you ever been tested for sleep apnea? that was causing me a whole lot of problems...you might mention it to your doctor

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123ELAINE456 6/27/2013 8:03AM

  Hope You can get more sleep. I can only sleep for 3-4 hours at time. It is not fun not being able to sleep. Up most nights. sleep in the day time. have to have Fox News on the TV 24/7 because of loud ringing in the ears. So You aren't the only one with sleep problems. I wish we could find some answers to these problems soon. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BARB4HEALTH 6/27/2013 7:34AM

    Like another reader, I too use 5HTP sometimes. I have something I call a "sleepy time" cocktail consisting of a mag complex, a cal/mag and a B6. Also, our ND is a proponent of having no light in the bedroom, unless it is natural moonlight. Hope you find something that works for you.

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SANDRALEET 6/27/2013 7:07AM

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PETALIA 6/27/2013 7:01AM

    Uninterrupted sleep is evasive for me, too. I tried melatonin and then melatonin TR (time release). I use melatonin TR when I travel through time zones. I have found it to be a great help adjusting. Everyone is different. For myself, I found that taking it more than a week I would begin to have a hard time sleeping through the night again. One possible explanation is that my body was receiving melatonin and stopped making it on its own. Melatonin is a hormone dealing with circadian rhythms. I stopped taking the melatonin tablets. I started wearing the blue light blocking orange tinted glasses one or two hours before bed. Blue light inhibits the body's production of melatonin. Things got better. I was recommended to try magnesium. I take a magnesium citrate powder before bed (brand name 'Calm') together with the non-essential amino acid Glycine, also in powder form. The Glycine, I believe, deals with lowering body temperature. I guess we sleep better when cooler. I suppose people say to sleep with a window open for this reason. Apparently with age can come frequent waking up during the night. That was me! I didn't have this trouble before 2013. This combination is currently working for me. Having a good night's sleep makes me feel transformed. I hope you find something that works for you.

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PATSYB7 6/27/2013 6:21AM

    I use 5HTP and ear plugs to help me sleep. I also make a list of the next day's "to dos" so my brain can turn off. And have you tried meditation? That seems to help, too. Good luck and sweet dreams.
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KARENA-G 6/27/2013 5:58AM

    My naturopath had me try melatonin. It made it harder for me to fall asleep. I, too, wake up in the middle of the night after being asleep about 4 hours or so. I agree with StateofDenial about the blood sugar & blue light info.

To counteract the blue light you can wear amber sunglasses. Here's an article on it: http://chriskresser.com/how-artific
ial-light-is-wrecking-your-slee
p-and-what-to-do-about-it .

I don't work a regular job so I just allow myself to sleep when I sleep and be awake when I'm awake. If I'm awake in the middle of the night, I go about business as usual until I get tired, then I go back to sleep. I also usually take a nap in the middle of the day.

I suspect my adrenaline kicks in about 1 or 2 AM. I have other hormone issues. I no longer have a thyroid or ovaries. So at 2 AM you might find me cleaning the kitchen or sweeping floors! emoticon

I switched to a Paleo diet in order to deal with blood sugar issues. That really helped with cravings, although I still get some. emoticon emoticon

I hope you find what works for you.

Shalom,

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JIMDAB 6/27/2013 5:53AM

    that midnight grazing is a killer. I have to fight that too.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/27/2013 5:00AM

    You might want to work on your sleep hygiene skills. If you get up in the middle of the night, don't look at the clock. Try to fall back asleep, but if you're tossing and turning for more than 15 minutes go into a different room and read or do some activity that doesn't make the brain function - like no paying bills, doing chores, or eating. Don't turn on any electronics because the 'blue light' that electronics give off causes the brain to wake up more and prevent you from falling back asleep; also, all electronics should be off for 30-60 minutes before going to bed, and lights should be turned down or minimized to tell the body it's time to sleep. Make sure your room is cool and you have enough blankets to keep you warm.

Also, you might want to check with your doctor about your blood sugar. If your blood sugar drops it signals the body that you need to eat, including releasing hormones like adrenaline to try to keep the body from going into hypoglycemic shock. If you wake up sweating but freezing, that is sometimes a sign of hypoglycemia. If your blood sugars are dropping while you're asleep, it might be enough to wake you up and make you desperate to eat.

Also, be cautious when using melatonin. Many people assume that because it's OTC and 'natural' that it's safe. It's not. A lot of people have had severe side effects from it, including making it even more difficult for them to sleep. For some people it's dangerous enough that the end up in the ER.

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TWEETYKC00 6/27/2013 4:51AM

    I hope this helps you out.

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DRAGON-CHICK 6/27/2013 4:46AM

    Good luck!
That's no fun. I hate not being able to sleep.
(My alarm goes off at 4:30)

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SUSIEPH1 6/27/2013 4:32AM

    Try to sleep well Chris .. Thinking of you my friend ..Hugs Susie . emoticon

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