has anyone ever used melatonin for sleep? my friend's autistic child is having great success with it and i wondered if anyone else had had any experience of it
30 Nov 2010
some people do use it with great success but ive been taking 12mgs a night for the past 6 months with no success(started at 6mg) but then again ive tried stronger meds with no success the only thing that ever worked good for me was marijuana, wish i could still smoke it, i really miss her and need her at times but i know i gotta be a grown up now, lol
30 Jan 2011
I have taken melatonin in the past for sleeping and sometimes it worked and sometimes it did not but most of the time it did. Side effects are weird dreams but as long as you know it is related to the melatonin you mind can adjust. I do not know how this works for children. I am a 57 year old man who has a history of drug medications that my doctors constantly prescribe. Due to back pain issues they have prescribed me sleeping medications but I want to go back to the melatonin and some good exercise I hope, if my body can tolerate the exercise. This is just 'food for thought'. Thanks troops, you provide some useful information.
18 Jan 2011
hello cazraven, my daughter who is now 8 was using it, she had seizure activity at the time and adhd behavior. Melantonin is a natural relaxant opposed to taking prescribed medication. It would work well for her she was calm and slept well and when she wake up for school she was much almer to deal with instead of fussy, emotionally unstable, non-cooperative for her her episodes was mainly in the morning. vtech10
18 Nov 2010
I took melatonin to sleep and it didn't work too well for me. The only thing it did for me was give me headaches. I have had friends use it and they love it. I guess it works differently for everyone. I recently read an article where a doctor has his patients drink cherry juice for insomnia. I guess you drink an 8 oz glass in the morning and another 8 oz glass before bedtime. If you do a search online about cherry juice and insomnia you can get more info. I haven't tried it yet but I'm definitely going to. Ive tried everything else. Good luck!
18 Nov 2010
My son has taken Melatonin before at 11 yrs old. His body clock was all mixed up and his pediatrician suggested it. He took it also because he had anxiety. It got his body back to normal time of sleep and it relaxed him before sleep. Take it half and hour before bed. He now only uses it when he need it. Good luck!
9 Jul 2012
I have tried every sleep medication on the books,and NOTHING works for me, so I have about kicked every medication in my cabinet, and went natural. At first, a preparation with melatonin, valerian root, hops, and other herbs worked really well, though the dose was one, I took two or three. Then that stopped working. I now just take 10mg of melatonin/night, and it has been the best sleep aide that I have ever tried. I realize that is a LARGE dose, but I have really bad sleep problems, and have had them for years, so this is wonderful for me. I guess you just have to play around with the preparation and dosage. One thing though, herbal preparations are not regulated, so what you get with one company, may be completely different with another, so stick with one brand to get consistency. I use Swanson Vitamins online, since they are reasonably priced, and guaranteed for quality.
Best of luck to you!!
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