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i can't sleep. should i take a melatonin?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Melatonin can be : Effective for difficulty sleeping. Are you using good sleep hygiene? Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin.

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Is it safe to use sleep aids or herbs to help my baby sleep better?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine
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No: Never give your baby anything to try and help them sleep. This is extremely dangerous. Just because something is labeled an herb, or sold in a health food store does not mean that it is safe. It is never advisable under any circumstances to give an infant a sleep aide whether it be by prescription or over the counter.
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Is it ok to sleep on my back in late pregnancy?

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Dr. Robert Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: It is best not to sleep on your back. Tilted to one side or the other is best, usually propped with a pillow or beach towel folded lengthwise a couple times. The "lazy-boy" position is also ok when it is hard to get comfortable in bed. These positions help with better blood flow to the uterus and also with swelling.
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My baby cries whenever I put her to sleep on her tummy, they say I have to do that 4 her lungs to be strong?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Who told you that ?: The american academy of pediatrics & many other advisory groups have promoted sleeping on a babies back since the early 90's. Since that time we have seen a 40-50% drop in crib death over that period. I know of no one that advises belly sleeping for any reason, although if baby rolls into that position after 6m i don't try to change it. Tummy time while awake can help build upper body strength.
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Can't sleep, is it ok to take melatonin supplements?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Yes: If you are otherwise healthy. Sugar in the diet sometimes interferes with sleep so take that into consideration.
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A 57-year-old female asked:

Cant take melatonin it causes side effects for me such as water retention what will help me sleep seems like hormones causin this ?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Unlikely!: Its unlikely the amount of melatonin contained in the presently available sleep "promoters" can have ANY side effects!! More likely perimenopausal ....hope this helps Dr Z

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