Melatonin helps me sleep

Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that might help you if you suffer a sleep disorder.

A sleep disorder is any disruption in the sleep patterns of an individual. While some sleep disorders may leave you feeling unrefreshed, a number of symptoms are more severe including excessive sleepiness, snoring, difficulty falling asleep during normal sleeping hours and abnormal behaviors such as restless leg syndrome. There are even disorders that cause you to get too much sleep.

If you suspect that you are not getting enough sleep or that you might have a sleep disorder, speak to your physician or a sleep specialist. If your health care professional feels that you may have a sleep disorder they may ask that you keep a sleep diary, or they may even have you stay overnight at a sleep center for observation.

Some individuals with sleep problems find that they experience temporary relief when sleeping on the side, rather than the back.  Also irregular sleep hours can throw off your sleep cycles and lead to breathing problems during the most important sleep stages.  It is also advised to lose weight, reduce consumption of alcohol, tobacco and sedatives.  And the most important sleep aid is to establish a regular sleep routine.

You should also try a warm bath, a glass of warm milk, soft music and also have an inviting sleeping area that is comfortable to you and is the room you feel most comfortable in.

There are several other-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids that have helped many with their insomnia but as with any other medication, there are also side effects.  Children and others can be helped with occasional insomnia, by taking a baby aspirin, but there are also people who are sensitive or allergic to aspirins, so care should even be taken with them.

Other common OTC sleep aids such as Sominex, or Nytol can also be tried by adults but, again, a person should discuss with a doctor before taking any of these sleep aids especially if the person suffers from and is being treated for depression, or other mental health problems as well as persons being treated for Parkinson’s disease. Most of the OTC sleep aids contain antihistamines which are known to cause some lingering side effects such as dry mouth, and excessive drowsiness.

Melatonin is a sleep aid to help people fall asleep — especially people who suffer from the insomnia caused by shift work or jet lag.  Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body when serotonin, another hormone, is exposed to decreased light at night.   It has side effects and most of the literature recommends it not being used by people with depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases, or other serious illness. Pregnant and nursing women and children should also not use melatonin.

Since melatonin is a natural hormone, then it is probably the first over the counter sleep aid that you should try.


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