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Considering melatonin for sleep aid. Any advantage in a complex, or is the isolate okay?

Asked by rexpresso (922points) September 1st, 2010

I could find a complex with many things on the ingredients. Is it likely to be any good, I mean, better than the basic melatonin, or can I go with the basic melatonin? I wonder if it’s just bulk to climb the price. Thanks.

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john65pennington's avatar

Basic melatonin works for some people who are lacking in sleep. i personally believe that using one 25 mg. of anitihistimine, 30 minutes before bedtime, works much better. and, its much cheaper than melatonin, if you buy the generic brand at WalMart.

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Aster's avatar

I have tried them all ’ find one mg sub-lingual by source naturals. for some reason, less is more with it. one mg works best but it is habit forming which you.ll rarely hear. please forgive type. am on dreadful pc.

cgillentine416's avatar

I take melatonin when I can’t sleep I find it very helpful. It comes in tablets from 1mg, 3mg, & 5mg. They may have an 8mg I’m not positive. You just have to see which strength works best for you. Hope this helps! :)

lonelydragon's avatar

I have taken the 5mg isolate (the highest dosage in drustores I’ve visited), and as long as it’s taken half an hour before bedtime, it does help. But it is best for short term use. If used over the long term, the body will stop producing melatonin on its own, and the insomnia will return (at least, that’s what’s happened to me).

blithechick's avatar

I’ve taken 3 mg of Melatonin at night to help with sleep. It works great. I liked that a lot better than some of the prescription sleeping aids as there are no after-effects the next day.

rexpresso's avatar

Thanks for your responses. This is for a friend that usually falls asleep without too much problems, but then wakes up after 1h30 and the cycle sort of repeats. And when she wakes up she feels urges to go eat during the night. Would melatonin really be of help to this case? Do you recommend anything else?

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