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10/12/10 10:00 A

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How did I miss this thread.. Oh well.

I have been taking the melatonin, 3 mg, for over a year. the first time I tried it, it didn't seem to work. but I tried it again, and it works fine. don't notice any extra dreaming.

I take the 3 mg. Agree, it takes a while to start working well.

My doctor actually suggested it a year ago. He has suggested it for Steve, but gave him a prescription. And that cost $50 just for the co-pay, and was 6 mg. I googled that drug and it is a man-made version.. sort of like a sleeping pill. Steve has not tried it yet, his system is still in an uproar and he still is dizzy, so he doesn't want any othe drugs in the system.

Grace, please check and see whether your Melantonin has other "stuff" in it. When I went to purchase, there were several kinds that had all kinds of herbs in it besides the melantonin.

I ended up with one that was plain melantonin with a little B6 in it. And I bought a good brand, not the cheap stuff.

Believe me, I know how tough it is when you can't get a good nights sleep. But I think the melantonin has worked as well as anything I have tried. Plus, I can take it every night without worry.

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So Grace hope you have cut down.
And it should start to help you out. Hugs Rosalyn

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10/6/10 7:34 P

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Grace, glad you found your answers. Hope you are sleeping better now.
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10/6/10 2:24 P

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Thank you, Rosalyn! I just googled this and found out that too much will make you stay AWAKE! That's the last thing I want. Here's what Yahoo Answers has to say:

Melatonin helps to regulate Serotonin, which is the hormone involved in both your sleeping and waking cycles. Taken in the right doses, it helps you sleep (duh), but taking too much actually wakes you up.
Now, some people do have this response with Melatonin because they aren't completely asleep. What I mean is that the time that you actually remember your dreams is when you're almost awake... if you take a dose of Melatonin that's not exactly the right dose, you could be in that half-sleeping, half-waking place longer than your body is used to, which would help you to remember your dreams more vividly. Normally, it's very hard to maintain that state because if you try to move in your dream and inadvertently move your body in that way, it'll most likely wake you up... but the Melatonin might artificially help to keep you there.
The other half of the answer is like the other answerer said... if your dreams are freaky, they were already freaky... the Melatonin just helps you remember them. Most people's dreams are really weird (like the whole naked in school, outside in your underwear type of dreams that are all too common), but too many of them don't remember enough details to remember just HOW weird.

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Grace I talked to Karen yesterday at work.
She was in agreement with me.
She said you are taking way to much.
She said she would start at 2mg at the most and work up a 1/2 mg at a time.
Untill you get it right.
She also says that it takes about a week each change you make to really show how it is doing.

So give that a try, and let me know how it goes for you.
Good Luck sweetie, Hugs Rosalyn


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I sure will.

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Thanks to both of you. I will cut back to 1 pill. Rosalyn, would you ask Karen if the crazy dreams might be from the melatonin or is my sub-conscious going "nuts"?
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Grace, from what I understand and remember from when I tried melatonin, it takes several months to build up strength in your system. Try going back to 1 pill now that you have built up the levels in your system or talk to your doctor/pharmacist. They would probably be able to help you determine a good dosage.

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Grace I wouldn't take that much.
I only need 1mg to get a good night.
But I give Stan a 3mg and it does good for him.
If I was you I would cut it down to 3mg and see what happens, but give it about a week.
At least I think you can over do it, so at least give it a try.
I will try to remember to ask Karen when I go to work on Tuesday about it.If she is there that is.
Will let you know what I find out, but you know things like that can always be over done.
Hugs Rosalyn

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They're only 3 mg so I take 1 1/2 because 1 pill wasn't working for me. Is 4.5 mg too much?


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What Potency are taking????Rosalyn

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I've been taking 1 1/2 melatonin pills for about a month and almost every night I have crazy, weird dreams. Although I'm aware of having them I usually forget what they were about by the time I wake up the next morning. However the other night I did remember one. I dreamt that my 300+ pound sister(who passed away 6 years ago) was visiting me, overnight, and I couldn't find the sheets for her bed. So while I was looking for them she found a 1' square milk crate to curl up in, to take a nap.
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