I have been taking 6mg of melatonin at bedtime for two months and am finding that I'm waking up 3 or 4 nights out of the week in the middle of the night and have a difficult time falling back to sleep. I usually take it around 10PM give or take a few minutes and have no trouble getting to sleep. I am taking the regular tablets, not the extended release. Is it worth looking into the extended release or can I take 1 3mg tablet at bedtime and the other when I wake up at 3AM? I'm usually up and out of bed around 6:15 each morning and do not want to be groggy. I appreciate any suggestions! Thanks
The plasma half-life of Melatonin is short, around 20 to 50 minutes. This means that there is probably no advantage of taking a higher dose before bed. You may be better off looking at taking the long acting tablet instead - but then you do run the risk of waking up being groggy.
Trial and error is often the best way to find out what works best for you.
- Melatonin Information for Consumers
- Melatonin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Melatonin (detailed)
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