Melatonin

I’m always hearing people talk about how they can’t sleep and I keep telling people TRY MELATONIN!  I’m not sure anyone takes me seriously.  It’s real and it’s not a drug, it’s natural.  You don’t get knocked out or drowsy, it just helps you fall asleep.

My brother told me the other day how he has insomnia so I suggested Melatonin.  He tried it and told me that it actually helped him sleep.  Not only that but he said it helped him wake up the next day as well.

So don’t be a dumbass, just try it.


  • http://amandainreallife.blogspot.com Amanda

    I’ve tried it and I don’t think it really did much for me.. but I was also confused about the dosing. it says take 1 or more pills at bedtime, but no more than 5 mg… which would be like 16 pills.

  • http://two-fifteen.net/journal H.

    Trust me girl. I have tried everything. When I tried Melatonin like 10 years ago (after seeing a thing about the new “wonder cure” on dateline) it made me very nauseous the next day. And, I still didn’t sleep. But, I’ve suffered from insomnia for years. My doctor has tried prescription sleeping pills, otc sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, anxiety pills… you name it – I’ve tried it. The ONLY ones that have worked for me are ativan or xanax but I have to take 3 to 4 of them and they make me forget everything that happened while I was on them and they’re controlled substances. Oiy. So, not being a dumbass by not taking Melatonin, it just didn’t work for me.

  • http://bluepaintred.com/ bluepaintred

    wonder if I could get hubs to try them. Do they make you tired and sleepy the next day? Can he take on at say 12AM when we go to bed and still be up at 6AM for work?

  • http://www.roadlessunraveled.com Robin

    @Amanda – I don’t know, I only ever take one. Actually once I was having a really bad night so I took 2 but normally one.
    @H. – Hey not everything works for everyone, I just wanted to share the story of my brother because he didn’t think it would and it did.
    @bluepaintred – Yes, that’s the beauty IMO. I’ll take it at 10pm and it makes it actually easier to wake up at 5:30 am for me. Read up on it, it’s not really a sleeping pill it has something to do with your brain. Manly Man knows all that shit, I just nod and say “gimme”.

  • http://www.theabsurdist.net The Absurdist

    I’m with you. There are so many things out there that do not require a prescription that can help with mild insomnia.

    Benedryl works well too. Camomile tea (spelling?)

    I find, however, that it’s better to deal with the cause while taking melatonin or anything else. Most of our insomnia comes from fears of the future; things we think are going to happen, but in all likelihood, won’t. Or situations that we are currently in that are stressful, but we have done our due diligence and the rest is out of our control. I know that happens to me!

  • http://www.theabsurdist.net The Absurdist

    Oh, and as a prescription, Trazadone works very well. It’s not addictive, and works super well for sleep, for those of you who have tried every prescription one out there.

  • http://two-fifteen.net/journal H.

    @The Absurdist – I might have to ask my doctor about that one.

  • http://theabsurdist.net Absurdist

    H: It’s not intended for sleep, and I would suggest a very small dosage, because it can give you that tired feeling in the morning that you just can’t snap out of. but it does work well. It’s actually a mixed type of medicine, used as an anti-depressant, but it isn’t anything super heavy or anything. It just has a fabulous side effect of helping you sleep.

    Small dose. Small dose. :-)

  • http://two-fifteen.net/journal H.

    I think one of my coworkers gave one to me once. At least that’s what she said it was. She also gave me something she swore was vicodin and it wasn’t.

    My doctor gave me Amitriptyline once. It’s an antidepressant that has a side effect that makes people sleep. It worked sort of okay, but it also makes people gain weight. Every time I took it, I’d have the munchies in the worst way the next day.