The first time I took melatonin, I took 1mg the first night and fell asleep fairly quickly. The next night I had to take 3mg. Now, months later, I'm up to 25mgs a night. It's after 4 in the morning and I'm wide awake. I want to take 10 or 15 more mgs. All I have are 5mg tablets and I know one of them isn't going to be enough. I'm not trying to kill myself, I just want to make sure I'm out for the night. I don't have a Dr. or medical insurance, so I'm stuck with melatonin. So my question is, would it be safe to take more 4 hours later? And how much would be ok?
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10 Sep 2012
The 25 mg isn't safe. I've never heard of anyone here taking that much. I take a 10mg extended release tab at night. There are things you are doing that is helping feed the insomnia, like getting up on the computer. The light from the computer stops production of your own melatonin, and the stimulation gets your brain going. Your room needs to be dark. It helps to learn not to worry about insomnia, the more you worry the worse it gets. Go to bed at the same time, avoid tv and computer for 2 hrs before bed. A glass of milk helps it doesn't have to be warm. That much melatonin can cause seizures.
10 Sep 2012
Hello randa09. For most people Melatonin is largely ineffective. You might look up any hypnotic, see who the manufacturer is, then link on to thier patient assistance program. They will more often than not (with a perscription from your doctor) send you that particular drug for no charge. I realize you do not have a doctor but if approved, find one to write you said perscription. Otherwise as you've stated, you are stuck with Melatonin. Regards pledge
10 Sep 2012
And may I reiterate the importance of a VERY dark room! I have very pretty "black out" curtains. They are dark brown and keep most light out, so when you go in my room it is pitch black and that is how we should all sleep. There should be no night light, not even light from the clock, that is how important it is! If you stil aren't gettiing any relief from melatonin or a natural sleep aid, please see your doctor if you can. Sleep deprivation is cruel, and I feel your pain.
10 Sep 2012
Hello Randa and welcome to the site! We hope we can help you with this issue or anything else that comes down the pike. Not having insurance can be bad but there are options here. Most doctors will see a patient on a sliding scale. So that is option one. There are also plenty of sleep aids out there that are generic so inexpensive, too.
You didn't mention any health concerns for us to be recommending too much else to you. If you are fairly active and otherwise healthy... there are things that you can do before you are in bed to prepare yourself for sleep: 1) do not watch the news... usually bad news any way before bedtime. 2) do not to taxes or bills or other paperwork at least 2 hours before bed. 3) take a nice aromatherapy bath before bed and relax. 4) meditation is a great way to relax into the moment when you first settle into bed to get rid of the day's cares. 5) no caffeine after 12noon. 6) do not get into deep discussions or argue before bedtime. 7) do not go to bed angry... making up will assure a better night's sleep. 8) milk before bedtime can settle the system down, too. 9) one benedryl can make you sleepy unless it has the opposite effect on you.
Those are just some tried and true techniques that don't cost any money.
I want to think more on this and get back to you later, okay?
11 Sep 2012
You have received very good advice here. I too am an insomniac. My husband and I sleep in separate rooms as he is a loud snorer. Before one of us committed a crime, we decided to try sleeping apart. It helped tremendously. Melatonin didn't help me much. What does, besides all the great advice here, which you should try, is listening to audio books or sermons on my phone with earplugs, or just without, depending on my mood. The sound of steady monotonous voices sends me back to sleep.
Pets on the bed can be a blessing or a curse. I have two dogs. One is a great bed companion, the other a restless pest :)
They are big dogs. So they don't get to spend much time on my bed!
Hope you get some good tips here that you can try out.
All the best
4 Nov 2013
The amount of melatonin you're supposed to take at night typically is .3-1 mg. So you're way over the top, and not to mention, that is not a safe dosage. Also, melatonin is made to attempt to regulate your sleeping pattern, if you're taking it for longer than a couple of weeks, there is an underlying problem causing your sleeping issues.
16 Dec 2014
I take 100mg nightly of meletonin approved by my doctor. I take it 60 minutes before bed n I sleep solid for 7 to 8 hours each night n dream peaceful dreams. The older u get the less meletonin Ur body makes my 93 year old grandma takes 2 10MG extended release capsules each night n that works for her.
30 Apr 2015
My husband and I have been taking 20 mg. sublingual for the past 3 weeks. Sleep is much, much better but now I too am wondering if this is too much. I used to wake up sometimes 6-7 times at night. Now only maybe once and get back to sleep very easily. Wish I knew the truth.
7 May 2015
Melatonin is a natural hormone in our bodies secreted by the pineal gland. You cannot overdose on it however the more that is needed to help you sleep only means you have more concerning issues. First you need to look at your diet and level of physical movement and my own strong opinion that you should try to find out if your city's drinking water is fluoridated. Flouride is good for the teeth but destructive to our body's. There have been studies shown that the fluoride calcified the pineal gland causing it to be of no use. Why are more people suffering from insomnia and having reproductive problems? Calcifying the pineal gland is a large cause and started when cities added flouride to their water. I was on Ambien 10 to 20 MG a night for years. During my sleep study the technicians and drs were surprised that aftwr 20 MG I was still awake. I have suffered from insomnia as long as I can remember.
2 years ago I stopped drinking tap water and only drink non-flouridated water and last year I cut down slowly on Ambien and added melatonin. I also became much more physically active, dont have a tv or laptop in my bedroom, stopped watching tv 1-2 hours before bed and cut down on caffeine. I'm happy to be off Ambien however I take 25mg melatonin and 50-75mg benadryl each night and it takes me 1-2 hours to fall asleep. I'm still a work in progress but it's getting better.
28 Apr 2016
melatonin is 100% natural i just started it (one of my hospitalizations (for suicidal, bipolar stuff) was in august (long while ago) and they gave it to me in there because every time im in the hospital i dont sleep until im so tired i pass out and then i have bad nightmares. this is only when im in the hospital though... they tried melatonin, trazadone, some other med i cant remember the name but it was supposed to be strong, none worked at all. i felt no effect. but they said when i home to get melatonin and take like 10mg, or 15mg if i really need it because it wouldnt hurt to try it... i never tried it... but i guess since im home and not dealing with the i-cant-sleep-and-when-i-do-theres-graphic-nightmares-even-though-im-not-any-more-scared-or-depressed-than-i-am-at-home-which-isnt-much-at-all (well, when my other mood meds are at a good balance, im not paranoid/anxious or depressed) phenomenon, it works for me now.
to the point:
lets just say my friend ate an entire bottle like it was skittles because he has bad insomnia and was desperate, and he was 100% fine- he felt nothing, actually. im not suggesting you do that though, its just to prove the point. i was shocked when i saw people saying online to only take less than 5mg because im taking 20 right now and thats working, but i JUST started, so i see myself having to take more for the same effect after time. CONCLUSION: take as many as you need to. the only thing you should worry (not even worry because not even threatening) about is the side effects especially with really high doses. none of them are fatal or will make you sick, they just include nausea, grogginess, depressed mood, irritability, low sperm count, breast enlargement in biological males, dizziness, headache, stomach pain... none of these can hurt you but if you take large amounts they could be even more intense so if you did catch a side effect, say, nausea, that would kinda suck but better than no sleep...
- Melatonin Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Melatonin (detailed)
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