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Having a hard time staying asleep any suggestions? Melatonin makes me anxious....

Having a hard time staying asleep any suggestions? Melatonin makes me anxious....

Staying asleep: How long have you been struggling with this? Do you have any feeling of depression or anxiety? Do you know if you snore while sleeping? Do you wake up to urinate? There are many causes of frequent nocturnal awakenings. The best thing to do is to see a doctor who can sort things out for you. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and exercise before bedtime. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more


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How much melatonin would you recommend me? I have a hard time staying asleep and urination, i'm 18 male. I wanna try it but don't know how much!

How much melatonin would you recommend me? I have a hard time staying asleep and urination, i'm 18 male. I wanna try it but don't know how much!

You could start with: As little as 1mg ; work up if not sufficient. Always discuss use of supplements/ herbals with your physician before use. ...Read more

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Having a very hard time falling asleep. I've tried taking melatonin but it still doesn't help. Any suggestions?

Having a very hard time falling asleep. I've tried taking melatonin but it still doesn't help. Any suggestions?

Relaxation technique: In general, avoid using the bed for wakeful activities such as reading or watching tv. However, if reading or watching tv has helped in the past, continue to use them. Lie down in bed only if you are sleepy. Relaxation techniques can help you get into a state that is conducive to falling asleep. Slow breathing and thinking of something calming is a simple to use relaxation technique. ...Read more

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I have trouble staying asleep, fall asleep no problem but wake up several times. I take melatonin pills with no success. Dont want to take more pills.?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: 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. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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I have a very hard time going to sleep on my own. 12 miligrams of melatonin and 4 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to just fall asleep what can I do to get more sleep?

I have a very hard time going to sleep on my own. 12 miligrams of melatonin and 4 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to just fall asleep what can I do to get more sleep?

Lots: Not good choices for quality sleep. With this much trouble, should see a doctor to find the cause. Many health conditions cause insomnia, and treating the symptom only won't help. Need good sleep hygiene, health habits that promote sleep. Includes regular exercise, no caffeine/stimulants after midday or earlier, consistent sleep and wake time, no strenuous physical/mental activity hour before bed. ...Read more

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I have a hard time sleeping, part to anxiety. on antidepressants&anti anxiety meds, and 600mcg of melatonin daily. Is the melatonin safe to use daily?

I have a hard time sleeping, part to anxiety. on antidepressants&anti anxiety meds, and 600mcg of melatonin daily. Is the melatonin safe to use daily?

Felt to be safe: Overall there is limited data to suggest that long term melatonin use is harmful, but remember, ideally you want to address why you have a sleeping issue and optimize your sleep hygiene, instead of having to rely on a medication/supplement to use daily. ...Read more

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Why is 3mg time released melatonin not keeping me asleep?

Many possibilities: There are a number of possible reasons. First, it could be something else causing you to have insomnia. Second, it could be that the strength is not high enough. I've seen up to 10 mg timed-release melatonin. You might try a higher strength and see if that works. If not, i would see your doctor to rule out other causes. Avoid caffeine, sugar, etc. Within 3-4 hours of bedtime also. ...Read more

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Started using melatonin & i'm waking up btw 5-6 really tired., but hard to fall back asleep. Should i get up? Normally i woke btw 7-8 super tired.

Started using melatonin  & i'm waking up btw 5-6  really tired., but hard to fall back asleep. Should i get up? Normally i woke btw 7-8 super tired.

Sleep: An hour before bed time shut off all electrical appliances including the tv. Listen to soft music, take a warm bath and relax. Try to get to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. ...Read more

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How long does it take for 2mg of melatonin to work this is the 2nd day I've been using, I'm having trouble Falling asleep and staying asleep. ?

How long does it take for 2mg of melatonin to work this is the 2nd day I've been using, I'm having trouble Falling asleep and staying asleep. ?

Melatonin: Hi. In my experience, melatonin helps some people fall asleep, and it works relatively quickly (for example, within 30 minutes). It's short-lived, however, and it tends not to keep people asleep. So it may benefit you in falling asleep but not do much for keeping you asleep. You can try more also (3, 4, or 5 mg, for example). Good luck and sweet dreams! ...Read more