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Melatonin and weird dreams

Saturday, July 20, 2013

OMG! I just woke up at 9:00 instead of my usual 6:00 am. I did not even take the full dose of 4 drops of melatonin. emoticon A few nights I have taken 2 drops instead of the full 3 drops. Last night I took 3 drops. That is almost a full dose but not quite. Wow.

My dream: losing my car in a refurbished part of Buffalo , NY. Shops were there in the barely begun refurbishing of the area. It still looked like a maze of parking areas at different levels mixed with shops of every description. I could not find a ramp to drive out. An attendent was helping me, but leading me all over kingdom come and finally driving me someplace to pick up someone else and do a temporary job for them. It was dusk and getting darker and darker. My friend was waiting for me so we could go home. I had no idea where she was or my car. The attendant gave me directions to a rest room. I was to follow him, but he took off running----down a spiral --steep spiral--ramp. I lost him but saw the rest room signs and went in. More of a maze and I finally woke up!

OMG! Be careful of meletonin! chris

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GARDENQE2 7/25/2013 8:30PM

    My late husband took melatonin for years. besides helping him sleep, it seemed to relieve his cluster headaches. Never worked for me.

Nevertheless, I decided to try again last night. I had the King of Weird Dreams!

I was in bed with Clark Gable in a little cabin overlooking a lake. A crowd of people on the shore were having loud arguments. Dick Tracy (the cartoon version) came and looked in the window. We got up, got into an old Chevy and left that place.
Maybe I should try reading an educational book and quit watching so many old movies! emoticon

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BECCABOO127 7/23/2013 12:42AM

    Melatonin does that to me too. :)

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    Some meds do that to us. Paxil made me have bizarre dreams, like being caught up in episodes of Law and Order as a participant or witness to a crime. After a few weeks, I decided not to take it anymore. On the other hand, my typical anxiety dreams have me back in the New York City subway system either desperately searching for "my" train in time to make my scheduled run or leaving the terminal and finding myself on unfamiliar tracks looking for some landmark. The tradeoff may be bad dreams for good sleep. You'll have to decide if it's worth it.

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CHERYLHURT 7/21/2013 8:09AM

  I've been taking 3 mg of melatonin for about 20 years because I keep waking up...never had weird dreams tho...

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ARTJAC 7/21/2013 1:41AM


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CAROLIAN 7/21/2013 1:06AM

    I get dreams like that and I am not on it but I always had vivid dream from being a kid dr said it was an overactive imagination and too much tv and some mornings I feel as though I have felled a whole forest on my own I ache all over so now I have music playing before I sleep and NO tv on
Hope you get sorted HUGS Carol xx

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ELSCO55 7/20/2013 11:18PM

    Be sure to check it out soon.

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123ELAINE456 7/20/2013 9:30PM

  I would check with your Doctor and see what he says about it. But I don't think the dream was cause by the Melatonin as the human brain dreams without anything. Most people has good and bad dreams. And some people has nightmares too. I hope You got a Good Night Sleep. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LOPEYP 7/20/2013 7:59PM

    I don't think your dream was from the melatonin. My husband has taken it for years with no ill affects.

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SASIKHASI1 7/20/2013 7:39PM

    It has never affected me that way, but I would not know if it did since I always have weird dreams.

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IAMWINNING 7/20/2013 6:45PM

    I get those crazy, weird dreams, but mine are due to lithium. Can't monkey with the dosage of that, so what is, is.

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FROSTY99 7/20/2013 6:44PM

    Not sure I want to try it after your experience. Hope tonite is better-without the nightmare!

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LAWANDMUSIC 7/20/2013 5:19PM

    WOW. I never seem to dream.But I sleep pretty well, so I expect to never take melatonin. Best wishes to you!!!

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LIS193 7/20/2013 12:06PM

At least you got some sleep! I get weird dreams in the early mornings sometimes.

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HEALTHYLADY12 7/20/2013 11:23AM

    I have those dreams without drugs. Sometimes they alter your sleeping. It sounds like your trying to get to a destitation but it always spirals down. deep huh? sounds like you slept very well. My aunts doctor put her on those and its making her rested.

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NANCYPAT1 7/20/2013 11:18AM

    Interesting - neither Ed nor I have never had nightmares from taking it but you gotta deal with YOUR body, not ours. You didn't go to bed with any worries on your mind did you?

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YANKEEBELLA 7/20/2013 11:12AM

    I don't know what to say about this. It was not pleasant for you for sure. But as others said, did you awake feeling rested?

I got awful nightmares when I took Tylenol PM so I never took it again. I can take Tylenol and I can take Benadryl, just not in combination.

I recommend you discuss this with your healthcare provider.


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2HAMSDIET 7/20/2013 10:34AM

    I think I will stay away from it as when my thyroid med levels are off I have terrible nightmares from it and can imagine adding one like you had into it. emoticon

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_LINDA 7/20/2013 10:32AM

    Wow that's really interesting. But dreams are supposed to be helpful. They are your body's way of hashing things out and tension release. I have been so sleep deprived with bad insomnia that I can't even dream because I don't stay asleep long enough to get into the dream state. It would appear this melatonin actually does what its supposed to -give you a long enough and deep enough sleep so that you can dream. The question is, do you feel at all rested? Once I get by my busy schedule it would appear I have to try giving it a shot again as its what my Dr. recommended.
Was interesting reading the comments here too. Always learning something from my fellow Sparkers!
Hope you have more pleasant dreams in the future!

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MADEIT3 7/20/2013 10:26AM

    I've been taking melatonin off and on for several years, and I take the LOWEST dose possible. It can give you some very vivid dreams, but I also believe that your dream life will mobilize when you need it to do so. And wow, lots of reconstruction going on in that dream of yours. I'm always - when I dream - looking for the question my dream is asking me to consider. After all, it's my sleeping mind that's producing the dream so it must be all about me - right?

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CELIAMINER 7/20/2013 10:20AM

    Chris, I also had vivid dreams when I tried melatonin on an international trip that had me 12 hours off my normal time zone. In addition, I ended up with nasty headaches and decided to stop taking it after two nights and just gut out the jet lag.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/20/2013 10:14AM

    Melatonin is created in the body when we sleep, but taking it as a supplement isn't something that should be taken lightly. It can have serious side effects, just like any sleep aid. Too many people think that because it's an OTC supplement that it's safe, but it can react with other medications in unpredictable ways, so doctors should always be notified when someone is taking it.

It's also important to note that the actual dosage that should be taken is just 1 mg. Anything above that should be under doctor's supervision. (My doctors have told me to take up to 12 mg - but I can't because after 9 mg or several days of 6 mg the dreams are so intense I can't handle it.)

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AMARILYNH 7/20/2013 9:47AM

    Chris, I've been considering trying Melatonin - is it helping your sleep? Like not waking up as often? I sleep pretty well but I get up several times at night - I'd love a natural way to sleep more soundly.

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SANDRALEET 7/20/2013 9:40AM

    You had a night mare Not God

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