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Question about taking melatonin?

Asked by SamIAm (8695points) January 6th, 2012

If you take melatonin to go to sleep (which I do, and it totally helps – about 6mgs/night) but wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep… is it safe to take more?

I had surgery yesterday and just woke up… not in pain but on meds, so can’t take any sort of sleeping pill. Would just like to be able to sleep – I’m horribly bored!

Any input? Exercise is not an option… I’m trying to read and listen to soothing music until I get tired again.

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BosM's avatar

Given you’re on Med’s, consult with your doctor to find the safest and most effective dose of Melatonin for you. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center for adults with insomnia 1 – 3 mg, 1 hour before bedtime is usually effective. If 3 mg/night doesn’t work (after a few days) they suggest 5 – 6 mg. You’re at the upper level suggested by UMM. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/melatonin-000315.htm

Another article reports that you can overdose on Melatonin so be careful to not overdue it. http://www.melatoninfaq.com/melatonin-overdose/ Hope you feel better soon. Good luck

zenvelo's avatar

I would not take any in the middle of the night if you need to be somewhere in the morning. I have always been told to take it 8 hours before you need to be awake.

If you had surgery Thursday, i hope you are taking Friday off to recuperate. If so, take some and sleep to midday.

marinelife's avatar

What meds? Can you take a Benadryl?

SamIAm's avatar

I’m on Norco and was told that I can take Melatonin and my allergy medicine… so I think Benadryl should be fine. I’m having a hard time sleeping at night… but have been able to sleep during the day without a problem. I had a septoplasty and bilateral turbinate reduction—mostly, I’m having a hard time breathing which is why I’m not sleeping well. I’ll be like new in a few days though :)

Thanks guys!

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