Melatonin

Dr. Oz  and sleep specialist Michael Breus, PhD explain that the melatonin supplement is not a sleeping pill, but a sleep regulator. It does not initiate sleep.  It regulates our body clock.  Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally in our brains.  It tells our bodies that it’s night and it’s time for bed.  They warn that using it the wrong way can be dangerous.

They say we should not be taking melatonin if we can’t fall asleep, if we are stressed out, if we have a lot going on and cannot turn off our brains. People who use melatonin for these reasons tend to take too much trying to make the melatonin put them to sleep.  Many overdose and experience side effects such as dizziness, nausea, irritability, among a few.

Dr. Michael Breus, The Sleep Doctor, says some appropriate uses for melatonin would be for those who may work the 7 PM to 7 AM night shifts or travelers who are going to experience jet lag.  These are situations where you may want to adjust your body clock.

In these appropriate situations, the doctors give the following dosage recommendations:

  • 1/2 to 1 mg per day, 90 minutes before sleep to give it time to be released into the bloodstream and reach the brain. Do not take for more than two weeks. It is not designed for long term use.
  • Natural melatonin production decreases as you age. For those over 60 years old having trouble sleeping, 1/3 to 1/2 mg per day may be worth a two week trial to see if melantonin production may be your problem. If the supplement seems to help, talk to your gerontologist or general physician and tell them what is happening.
  • Do not give to children because we do not know enough on how it will effect them.

For trouble sleeping Dr. Michael Breus suggests Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR).

This is a technique where you progressively relax your muscles, however you must first tense your muscles so that you know what tension feels like and then you’ll know what relaxation feels like.

Dr. Oz posted a 13 minute self guided video on his website of this technique that you can practice. Dr. Breus Guided Muscle Relaxation.

Related Sites:

Dr. Michael Breus’s Official Website – The Sleep Doctor

 

 

 

 

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