What is a safe OTC sleep aid for insomnia? Is melatonin ok?

Melatonin. Melatonin is a very safe and effective substance for insomnia. We naturally produce melatonin in our pineal gland every evening, because the release is triggered by low light or darkness in the environment. If you are under artificial light, melatonin is produced but not released. Also, it has been found that it is an antitumoral agent. Sometimes melatonin needs higher doses, up to 20 mg is safe.
Sleep aid. Melatonin is ok, but more importantly you should change your life style. Turn off all electronic devices including texting an hour before bed time. Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Listen to quiet music, take a warm bath an possibly a glass of warm milk.

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Is melatonin (3mg) safe to take while breastfeeding my 7mth old? I have come down with insomnia, and want to know what is safe to aid sleep

No good data. Melatonin is from the brains of many dead animals, who really knows their health status or if they were infected with some strange virus? Agriculture is far from hygienic. I would avoid this product. The supplements are not regulated in any significant way.......For purity, country of origin, look up the consumer's reports study on echinacea......... Read more...
Try something else. The risk to junior would be limited to scrambling the developing sleep cycle. However, there's talk of melatonin suppressing prolactin production by the pitutiary gland which would interfere with lactation. There's little real science here. If poor sleep is interfering with your waking life, it's for you and your physician to weigh benefits and risks. Read more...
Uknown. Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation for exogenous melatonin is lacking. In children 6 months to 14 years of age with sleep disorders melatonin 2 to 5 mg has been used safely. Read more...

I'm one of the rare people who have an adverse reaction to diphenhydramine, it makes me anxious and shaky. Is there any OTC sleep aid other than melatonin that does NOT contain diphenhydramine?

Not known. Although other OTC antihistamines may cause some drowsiness, the effect/side effect profiles are quite different. I am not aware of any OTC med used. By the way, I just saw a patient last week having the same reactions to Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Read more...