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Does melatonin work to help you sleep?
I have read in a number of forums that melatonin helps people sleep but other people say it doesn't help. Are our bodies that different? It is a hormone so I would think it would work the same for everyone. Since I am starting to take it I want to make sure I know what to expect.

I never had any luck with it. I kept trying to increase the dosage up to the recommended maximum and I never felt anything different. But it does work differently for different people. I don't know why.

That is disappointing. I thought I had found something that could help me. It seems to be in every drugstore so I wonder why it would be there if it didn't work.

Just because something is in the drugstore does not seem to mean it is useful. It just means that the supplement makers are making it and enough people are willing to buy it because they think it is helpful. You know what I mean? If you look at the packaging on these supplements, they do not make any claims for effectiveness because they cannot do that. There is often little or no evidence as to their effectiveness.

People seem to treat melatonin like a sleeping  pill where it just knocks you out. It really does not work like that. It is a natural hormone that is more related to realigning our circadian rhythm and letting our bodies know when we should be getting tired and being asleep.

That is why they recommend it for jet lag. If you have underlying problems that prevent you from sleeping, I do not believe it will really help you. Your body will think it is time to sleep but all the thoughts in the brain, pain or some medications will take priority and keep you up.

Thanks for the explanation. The melatonin has not helped me either. I am reading more about calming my brain and will see if that works better. As much as I read, it all seems to be about trying different ideas myself.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain. It helps maintain our natural circadian rhythm, thus making us feel sleepy at night time. This is the problem with artificial light at night, it disrupts our circadian rhythm and melatonin is not released in the brain.
My mom was prescribed Melatonin by her Psychiatrist when she had difficulty sleeping. We were at the hosptal monitoring her progress and she was awake until 2 in tha morning. Then the doctor gave her a sleeping pill. She slept for 3 hours then became disoriented when she woke up. She did not remember key things that happened the past 2 days and kept asking questions she had asked before repeatedly. It was scary to say the least. You should never take a sleeping pill and melatonin together.
Melatonin has worked well for me if I am traveling and need a gentle adjustment to a new time zone. The onset of darkness in conjunction with the melatonin tells my body it is time to sleep. Taking melatonin and sitting in front of a bright computer screen, on the other hand, does nothing for me because only one of the elements needed to trigger sleep has been satisfied.

Read a dull book in dim light after taking a melatonin - that would probably be the best way to get it to work.

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