Has anyone taken melatonin?

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  1. Peachyness

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    I just purchased some chewable, peppermint flavored, .5mg melatonin supplements to help me sleep better. I have horrible insomnia and it's been acting up lately. Two different people told me about melatonin so I figured I'd try it out. I'm thinking I will wait until this weekend and also I want to do a bit more research. I've read a few articles, but I wanted to see if any of you guys have taken it too and what your experiences were.
     
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    I've taken it off and on for a while. It doesn't make me sleepy,it just seems to settle my mind into sleep mode. There are still nights, though, that I don't sleep well. When I first started taking it I thought it would be like Nyquil and knock me out. It doesn't do that.
     
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    I use a product that has it in it occasionally when I can't sleep.
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    I am a horrible sleeper. My doctor recommended melatonin. I tried it over the summer. It helped me stay asleep, but I was groggy the next day. I stopped taking it. However, I tried it again, and that stopped.

    I take 2 Benadryl at night, too. That's for an itching issue, but it does make me sleepy.
     
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    Works great for some in my family but not for me.
     
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    I take melatonin. Dr. Oz just did a great episode on melatonin, and how most people take it for the wrong reasons. It's intended to set your night "clock" but doesn't necessarily induce sleep. It's mostly for people who are day sleepers or who have traveled over time zones and have jet lag. I can't post the link right now but if you search for "dr. Oz melatonin" you can find it.
     
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    I guess I should have added that it's not to induce sleep. The type of insomnia I have is that I can't stay asleep. I wake up all the time, during the night.

    Kat, that was one of the pages I ran across, Dr. Oz's website discussed melatonin.

    I think I want to give it a shot and see if resetting my internal clock might work. I don't know what else to do to keep me asleep at night.
     
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    For some reason it gives me crazy legs. I just can't keep 'em still. I feel like I need to stretch and stretching just doesn't make them feel better. Most people I talk to say it helps them, though, so I'm probably the exception to the rule.
     
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    I had a lot of people recommend it to me but it didn't work. I have tried several prescription sleeping pills that didn't work either, so I shouldn't have been surprised that something OTC wouldn't work. My problem is that I don't sleep well at night. On weekends or during the summer, I can sleep just fine for 8 hours, but I sleep best in the mornings. I am simply not tired at night. In fact, it's often when I feel most awake!
     
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    If it doesn't work, don't be afraid to say something to your doctor. My fabulous doctor gave me a prescription for Trazadone. I knew I wasn't sleeping well, but I didn't realize how badly it was affecting me. My problem was that I would wake up and lay awake for hours with my mind racing. The prescription did wonders! I am a much better person, mommy, and teacher with sleep! It also let me sleep well without knocking me out. I heard my infant when he needed me and could take care of him without waking up every deep breath and then being stuck awake.
     
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    Try it and hopefully it will give you some relief. Take it 1-2 hours before you go to bed. There's also Valerian Root as another option.
    Insomnia is horrible. Horrible!! I'm guessing you don't want to try prescription sleep meds?
     
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    Oddly enough this is exactly what happened to me. Down to taking two benedryl for itching and sleeping.
     
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    I take two Benedryl plus one melatonin.
     
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    My husband takes it, and half an hour later (or sooner) can be sleeping like a baby. He struggles with insomnia and narcolepsy, though.

    I can't -- it does help me go to sleep, but I will have crazy lucid dreams all night. So... not for me.
     
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    Oooh, lucid dreams are fun! :D

    Right, Kat. I don't want to take prescription drugs. I really hate taking meds (due to the years I was on meds as a kid...).
     
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    The dreaming part gets better, too. It freaked me out at first.

    My issue is that I don't get sleepy until midnight or later. Then I sleep light and wake easily and can't go back to sleep for a half hour or so. The Benadryl/melatonin combo helps me fall asleep and stay asleep.
     
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    my husband takes it every night. ambien and tyneol pm was too strong for him and he felt groggy in the morning,
     
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    I took the highest dose you can buy OTC but didn't help me at all, but things work differently for different people. If you decide to take it, I hope it helps.
     
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    I took Ambien from time to time throughout my college years. It definitely helped me get to sleep, but I often felt groggy the next day (especially if I wasn't able to get the full 7-8 hours of sleep that my doctor recommended).

    Ever since I started teaching, I'm "out" within five minutes of my head hitting the pillow.
     
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    I take it the week before school starts so that I can get back in the rhythm of going to bed early. I usually only need 1/2 a pill half an hour before I go to bed. And a nice cup of hot tea.

    My dad used it a lot when he worked the night shift - 7 days on, 7 days off. Really helped him to regulate his sleeping.
     
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    I take 5 HTP now to keep my sleep schedule regular. It seems to help.
     
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    My vacation starts this Thursday so I plan to start taking melatonin then. I heard it can make you pretty drowsy so I want to experiment while on vacation. I'll let you guys know, if you care, if it helped or not.
     
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    I'd like to know if it worked for you or not. Fingers crossed that it does!
     
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    My fiance took it and slept 24 full hours or something ridiculous.
    I took 3 and I felt like it did nothing, although after trying it a few times I realized I woke up less.
     
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    Whoa! Is that healthy? :unsure:
     
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    So, update. I started taking melatonin the second or third day of vacation. For the first four days I had the most vivid, crazy, involved dreams. Like, very vivid and very real. Nothing scary, just interesting... I was sleeping more and more throughout the night.

    By day five, the dreams simmered down. I have actually been bad about taking melatonin each night lately, but I'm still able to sleep through most of the night. I still wake up during the night (not as often, though), but when I do I am able to fall back to sleep very quickly. I woke up today around 7 and for the first time, I wasn't groggy.

    So, it's definitely helped a lot and I plan to be better about taking it nightly.
     
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    I slept from 10:00 to 4:30 last night. That's amazing for me. My vivid dreams have settled down, too.
     
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    Did you start taking it recently, too Ima?

    I'm so happy that my friend suggested melatonin. It has really altered my mood. I am happier and actually look forward to the day. This is a huge improvement.
     
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    I took it at the beginning of the school year, but I was groggy the following day. I waited until November to try again. I've taken one every night since around Thanksgiving.
     
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    I started taking it last week. I was taking benedryl or a sleep aide which was the same dang thing.. dexa-whatever-mine. It helps me.

    Em's night cough medicine has melatonin in it. Zarbee's. She was so sick and miserable. That stuff helped her rest. Within 20 mins she had stopped coughing and 20 more mins was sleeping.
     

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