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Doctor insights on: Valerian Vs Melatonin For Insomnia

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Insomnia for days and it's really irritating me. Would it be safe for me, a 16 year old, to take melatonin or valerian root?

Insomnia for days and it's really irritating me. Would it be safe for me, a 16 year old, to take melatonin or valerian root?

Safer to see Dr.: It would be much safer for you to see your physician, so that the reasons for your sleep disturbance can be determined and personalized help can be provided. Otherwise, you're just suppressing something that may need more care. Is it possible you're using stimulating substances -- either prescribed or otherwise? ...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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I had chronic insomnia for the past 10 years. I have used melatonin, valerian, inositol, panthotenic acid, carrot, ginger he' etc with little success?

I had chronic insomnia for the past 10 years. I have used melatonin, valerian, inositol, panthotenic acid, carrot, ginger he' etc with little success?

Time to see a doctor: You've done most supplements to improve sleep without help. It could be a hormonal imbalance causing insomnia: adrenal, thyroid and ovarian hormone imbal. Can all do it. Also depression, low blood sugar and anxiety can cause insomnia. Perhaps it's time to see a doctor who can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Have you seen a: Sleep specialist? In the meantime - how is your sleep hygiene? Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used 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. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile ...Read more

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Can valerian root help with insomina? Or help rest thr body or is melatonin better? What's more effectivd to help me fsll asleep

Can valerian root help with insomina? Or help rest thr body or is melatonin better? What's more effectivd to help me fsll asleep

Varies: It depends on the person, both are touted as sleep aids. There are a few combination agents that include valerian, melatonin and kava + herbal tea -- to sort of throw the kitchen sink at getting you to sleep. This might be better choice to start, since if it fails, it moves you right to needing a prescription! ...Read more

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Is melatonin good for sleep maitenence insomnia?

Is melatonin good for sleep maitenence insomnia?

Periodic insomnia: Melatonin can help with sporadic insomnia. Many conditions can contribute to insomnia. Best idea is to see a psychiatrist to investigate your insomnia and its cause (s). A sleep study may even be needed. Then the best treatment plan can be developed with you. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safer to take than zolpidem for insomnia and what dosage to take?

Is melatonin safer to take than zolpidem for insomnia and what dosage to take?

1 mg or less: Higher doses of melatonin can actually interfere with normal sleep. Take 0.3 to 1 mg. And see how you do. Both are generally safe, but melatonin usually has less potential for morning "hang over". ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe for a 16 year old to take for insomnia? And if so are there any side affects?

Is melatonin safe for a 16 year old to take for insomnia? And if so are there any side affects?

Safe: You should take it 2-3 hours before the target bed time, the side effects usually sleepiness in the morning at high dose, therefore start at 0.5-1 mg first. ...Read more

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I suffer insomnia since I was young IV been on melatonin then I was on zolpidem 20mg now I'm on zopiclone15mg can I go on a higher dose or dif tablets?

I suffer insomnia since I was young IV been on melatonin then I was on zolpidem 20mg now I'm on zopiclone15mg can I go on a higher dose or dif tablets?

Insomnia treatment: Zopiclone is used to treat insomnia.The average dose for adults is 5.0-7.5 mg at bedtime. Using it at higher doses increases the risk of side effects and addiction. Contacting your doctor to discuss alternatives and not stopping the medication on your own acutely is important to avoid withdrawal and other problems. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can be a useful treatment for insomnia. ...Read more

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I have tried everything for my insomnia, had all the tests, and im disease free. I now take melatonin every night for 6 months, is it safe to continue?

I have tried everything for my insomnia, had all the tests, and im disease free. I now take melatonin every night for 6 months, is it safe to continue?

Although it is: Optimum not to use long term - it is safer than many other alternatives. But, I would encourage you first to try using really good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable >. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take melatonin to help with insomnia every night. 10mg?

Is it ok to take melatonin to help with insomnia every night. 10mg?

Melatonin: There is a 10mg release form of melatonin. Using good sleep hygiene is important. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. ...Read more

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Take too much melatonin at night, what could happen? I suffer from insomnia. How much melatonin is too much?

Call now: Call 1-800-222-1222 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to reach any poison control center in the United States. You will be connected with an expert who will direct you how to proceed. Please have all product information available when you call. ...Read more

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I have insomnia&have tried melatonin supplements and they didn't help. Any suggestions?

I have insomnia&have tried melatonin supplements and they didn't help. Any suggestions?

Other remedies: Your magnesium levels may be low in which case magnesium supplements or eating magnesium rich foods such as almonds, cashews or whole grains may help. Check out your room arrangement and see if has feng shui (favorable energy flow). Keep beds out of corners or next to windows. Natural remedies to try are chamomile tea & valerian. Pricey, but tempur pedic mattress & pillows are awesome. ...Read more

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My husband bhas hypothyroidism can he take melatonin for insomnia?

My husband bhas hypothyroidism can he take melatonin for insomnia?

No problem: Melatonin is safe and often quite effective and does not exhibit some of the usual problems with prescription sleep medications. Should not be an issue with his hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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