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Melatonin Does it Work for You?

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 9 days ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

What role does Melatonin play in Apnea and other sleep disorders?

Have you tried it? Does it work for you?

What dosage have you tried and for how long?

What were the problems?

What were the benefits?

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obbyone +0 points · 9 days ago

I have been tempted to use it, but I am afraid of not waking up anymore if I have a prolonged apnea...

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 9 days ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

Hi obbyone

I have very severe apnea and I've been using it for a few weeks now so perhaps my number isn't up yet. :)

I know almost nothing about it which is why I started this thread but I don't think it is a sedative or tranquiliser.

The reason I am trying it is because it is supposed to be safer than any of the alternatives.

I'm just not sure of the best dosage or the long term effects.

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Sierra +1 point · 9 days ago Sleep Enthusiast

My wife has used it mainly prior to CPAP and said it helps. I don't think she takes it any longer now. I have never tried it. I suspect it is quite safe to use in recommended dosages which your doctor should provide. On a quick Google check it seems taking too much can have a negative effect, so the NHS recommendation is to start low (2 mg) and increase to a maximum of (10 mg) if required, with the objective of taking as little as possible. Other sources suggest starting as low as 0.1 mg! Some links to explore:

Mayo Clinic - Melatonin

The second credible looking link I found is a pdf download, and I can't figure out a direct link for it. It is from the UK NHS, and you will find the link by Googling the following:

Guidelines for the use of Melatonin - NHS

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 8 days ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

Too much reading Sierra!

I started this thread so everybody could do the reading for me and just give me the answers!

I want somebody to tell me what to do.

I shouldn't have to think about it, or read stuff!

Even so I did try to read some, but I must have skipped a bit because all I can remember from that PDF is that there is a UK product called Kidnap!

So this old guy wanders into the local pharmacy and asks for a big bottle of Kidnap!

That's going to go down well, isn't it. :)

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Ruby +0 points · about 8 hours ago Sleep Commentator

But reading stimulates your brain, which should make you more alert during the day and that's a good thing, right? Be careful what you wish for--"I want someone to tell me what to do"! In my world, too many people do that already! LOL

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · about 7 hours ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

Ah but I'm a crotchety old man Ruby. The rules are different. :P

As for the pep talk about reading.....

I don't mind a few lines here and there but have you seen how much Sierra posts? :O

And I bet if I attempted to read it there would be just way too many big words!

Anyway it's way past my afternoon nap time!

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Sherry +0 points · about 9 hours ago

Melatonin is very natural and helpful for getting to sleep and staying asleep. There are different forms of Melatonin. There is a brand that is time released throughout the night. Melatonin will quiet my mind which helps me to fall asleep more quickly. I would encourage you to visit a health food store which I seem to trust more and try out different brands and dosage amounts until you discover what works best for you.

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