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4/6/15 5:24 A

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I take Melatonin every night without fail, because if I don't, I don't sleep. I've had to mess with my dosage quite a bit to find what works best for me, and it's 5 mg. Some people can take as little as 1 mg, and I know one person who takes 12 mg. Anything more than 5 and I'm tired the whole next day, and anything less and it doesn't do anything for me.

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3/3/15 4:18 P

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I know that no one has posted here in awhile, but I just wanted to say that I tried a Melatonin pill last night to help me sleep and it was a terrible night. My body felt very heavy, but my brain was turning things over from the day non-stop. I will not be taking that again. If anyone is interested, I have been taking the generic version of Z-Quil and it has been working pretty well for the most part. (I had run out) I have been doing this for over a year and it is not addictive, but helps me fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. Just an FYI.

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2/14/15 11:26 A

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I have sleep apnea and have been struggling for years with sleep issues. Cant wear my cpap for very long. My friend suggested that I elevate the top portion of my mattress and and I think I may have the cure. Have slept for the last 5 nights with no headache!

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2/14/15 11:25 A

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I have sleep apnea and have been struggling for years with sleep issues. Cant wear my cpap for very long. My friend suggested that I elevate the top portion of my mattress and and I think I may have the cure. Have slept for the last 5 nights with no headache!

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2/14/15 11:25 A

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I have sleep apnea and have been struggling for years with sleep issues. Cant wear my cpap for very long. My friend suggested that I elevate the top portion of my mattress and and I think I may have the cure. Have slept for the last 5 nights with no headache!

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2/14/15 11:21 A

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I have sleep apnea and have been struggling for years with sleep issues. Cant wear my cpap for very long. My friend suggested that I elevate the top portion of my mattress and and I think I may have the cure. Have slept for the last 5 nights with no headache!

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1/17/14 8:12 P

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I have taken melatonin before and it did nothing for me either.

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12/17/13 3:33 P

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You may sleep too deeply with it and thay could be a problem with the sleep apnea. Your body may not be able to help wake you up to start breathing again. Ask your doctor.

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12/12/13 9:09 P

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Have sleep apnea, Can't handle cpap therapy, Thinking of melatonin. Any risks associated with it?

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12/6/13 1:19 A

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The melatonin works for me at least to fall asleep. I still wake up after a few hours though. It sucks when I have to wake up early (5:30) for work. I've heard that taking Vitamin D supplements will help with sleep too though I haven't really looked into it or tried it yet. I bought some today though so I'll let you guys know about that. As for the melatonin, Its good for occasional sleeplessness but probably not great for long term. Your body gets used to it and won't naturally produce it on its own as much so you have to be careful with that. Its best used to help establish a sleeping schedule which is hard when you have shift work .( thankfully I do not anymore.)

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11/24/13 8:35 A

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After years of losing a large chunk of each night's sleep due to recurrent awakening--and after years of trying all the OTC meds I could find--the owner of a health food store recommended slow release melatonin 2 mg. That does it....the slow release keeps me asleep and the low dosage allows me to wake up without a drugged feeling. However, I can't take it for long as my body becomes accustomed to it quickly and it loses its effect. So I just take it every few days and am so appreciative of a good night's sleep after 20 years of nightwalking.

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2/27/13 11:19 P

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Melatonin never worked for me. However my oldest son ( now 18 ) took it for years and it worked great for him. He would take the 10 mg pill and had no side effects. I need to take prescription medication because of restless leg syndrome. Some nights are better than others and I sleep ok.

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2/20/13 5:15 P

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I didn't see the show but this article talks about Oz's views:
http://www.evitamins.com/a/weekly-oz-rou
ndup-melatonin-valerian-magensium-slee
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I hadn't thought of magnesium, though I occasionally take an Epsom salts bath, which is calming because of the magnesium content.

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2/20/13 11:52 A

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Does anyone remember a show on Dr. Oz where he discussed the dangers of melatonin? I just caught the last part so can't remember specifics like why or how.

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2/3/13 9:31 P

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I was reading in the book "Men's Health and the hormone revolution" of positive side effects of melatonin. They claim it works as an antioxidant,and in lab rats, prolongs life 20-25%. and they suggest taking it in low doses (half to one milligram) after the age of 60.
As I mentioned previously I just take it when I am on night shift. Last weekend it did not keep me asleep (had a vivid dream about a soft serve strawberry sundae) but I went right back to sleep (and was at a different ice cream parlor having a white and dark chocolate, hard ice cream cone)!

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2/3/13 5:21 P

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Melatonin doesn't seem to work for me.
I don't like to be taking medicine, but sometimes I just really have to have a good sleep. I take Benedryl. My doctor considers it safe and it isn't habit forming. You can buy a generic inexpensively. It gives me a bit of lag in the morning, but it goes away. Just make sure you have 8 hours to sleep!
Valerian is an herb that works for some people. You could try that...

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1/30/13 1:28 A

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Whenever I take melatonin, it works for getting me to get to sleep, but I pay for it the next day. I get plenty of sleep, but I always feel so drained the next day and I just don't feel like I have any energy. So I try not to use it. I myself am looking for an alternative. I hope someone posts something amazing here that will actually work. Here's hoping.

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1/24/13 10:36 P

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Both a friend and I have tried Melatonin and we agree it makes dreams much more vivid.
He has bad dreams so he usually ran out of bullets, I have good dreams so I usually wake myself up laughing.I find taking a gravol almost as effective but without the vivid dreams.

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1/23/13 4:19 P

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I had to stop taking melatonin because it was giving me nightmares. I tried a prescription from my doctor that gave me nightmares, before trying many different natural/herbal sleeping remedies. I decided I hated all the side effects and am working on just trying to sleep on my own. To tell you the truth, even though I am still having trouble sleeping, I don't notice that things are necessarily any worse than when I did take something. I wonder if any of those pills actually work.

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1/20/13 4:13 A

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I've taken Melatonin before and it works great for a while but then after I use it for maybe a day or two it stops working. I have to wait a couple of weeks for it to "work" again. I've asked my doc but he said melatonin affects people differently.

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1/14/13 3:26 P

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I have used melatonin. It has helped me.

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1/11/13 7:52 P

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For a few months now I have been taking Calms Forte by the Hylands company. It is all natural made with Chamomile, and magnesium among other ingredients. I take 3 pills an hour or so before bedtime and it helps calm my anxiety that I get before bed and helps me to fall asleep. I got it at my local Target. emoticon

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I was told to take this but I don't see its doing anything at all, I take 2 which is 6 mg as he told me to take and I'm up within an hour or two after I take it, so I take another one and thats my limit and it does not work, anyone got any natural stuff you take that works?

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