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What is the correct dose for melatonin as a sleep aid?

0.3 - 1.0 mg. Take it 90min before sleep. Take the smaller dose and see if it works. Much higher doses can actually interfere with sleep. Read more...
0.3 mg-3 mg. Start with lower dose and work up as needed. Only use melatonin for < 3 months. New data suggests trying the lowest dose range before pushing to more conventional 1-3 mg as the brain may be more responsive to it then we thought. Too much can cause headache, nausea, nightmares, morning grogginess. Don't use if pregnant, have cancer, diabetes, depression, seizures, auto immune disease, lymphomas. Read more...

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Would you recommend melatonin or benydryl to take as a sleep aid?

I would start with a. Recommendation for good sleep hygiene. I would only suggest Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for very short term use. I tend to recommend melatonin over benadryl (diphenhydramine). Try these sleep tips. 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 >. Read more...

Are there any negative effects of using Melatonin long term as a sleep aid?

Pretty safe. But, long-term use could lead to decreasing benefit if taken at too frequent intervals and at escalating amounts. But typically, can last a lot longer than many prescription sleeping pills. Read more...

If melatonin is the 'natural' sleep aid, is there a 'natural' aid for anxiety? Does something like that exist?

There are natural. supplements for anxiety, GABA being one. Please check w/your doc or a natural medicine professional before choosing any of these. Also consider using the "Relaxation Response" book and technique by Herbert Benson. Peace and good health. Read more...

I can't sleep. Even if I go to bed at 8 I wake @ 12. up till 3 or 4. Wake at 6.Melatonin not working. Can I take sleep aid as well? Other suggestions?

Experts say... Sleep in pregnancy is important! Here's advice. http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/ask-the-expert/sleep-hygiene when a 1st choice drug is not effective, it often means that there are some things you can do on your own or with a sleep clinic workup and treatment plan. Solving problems can be like solving a mystery - keep hunting for the real problem. Good luck! Read more...
Can't sleep. Talk to your doctor about this to see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile you can try the sleep hygiene techniques. Google those words for details. Read more...

Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Yes. In my experience, melatonin has been very useful, and a lot safer than many prescription sleeping pills. May require 2 or 3 pills to help, but seems quite successful in very small amounts. In spite of otc status, if you have a sleep disorder, discuss with your doctor. Read more...

Is melatonin considered a sleep aid in the sense of it being addicting and like a sleeping pill? Thanks Dr.

Melanotonin. does not have the addiction potential of other agents. Discontinuation of its use does not produce the withdrawal symptoms one might experience with some of the other agents. Read more...