Melatonin

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  1. Klotz Shalom

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    I just bought some melatonin to help me sleep. Anything I should know about it?

    The capsules are 10 mg, but most other bottles come with 3 mg tablets. Is 10 mg too much?
     
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    No I have taken 50mg, they did a study on women somewhere and gave them something obscene like 10,000mg and they were fine. Just take one.
     
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  3. MikeMartial Black Belt

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    While some folks (and many supplement companies) claim to melatonin's efficacy, I'd avoid it based on down-regulation of endogenous production; this is based in studies, as well as anecdotal evidence from rapid tolerance deveolpment, and stabilized efficacy from intermittant use.
     
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    Mike, as a regular user, can you put that in layperson's terms? Thanks.
     
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  5. Oblivian Aging

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    I used to get very vivid dreams/nightmares from melatonin. I was not a fan at all.
     
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    Supplementing it decreases your body's natural ability to produce it.
     
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    With melatonin, usually less is more. start by spliting a 3mg one in half. i don't know what you should do with 10mg ones. maybe throw them out.
     
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    I often get trapped in dreams, where I keep waking up from one dream into another, which can get pretty scary when I realize I can't wake up. I've taken melatonin two nights now, and I can remember a lot of details (like what this piece of paper said), but nothing particularly scary. Actually, there were wolves last night.
     
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    Lol. That same shit happens to me. Melatonin made my dreams really crazy and vivid, which can sometimes be pretty cool actually, but I didn't like it in the long run.
     
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  10. 10thpjj Green Belt

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    Snap. I still do. I take melatonin most monday and wednesday nights, as I only finish MMA class at like 9:15pm. Without the melatonin I struggle to get to sleep after training so late.

    Wicked dreams too. :icon_twis
     
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    Wasn't there some studies that showed melatonin was more effective is much much smaller doses? cause your body produces like .10-.20mg total for sleep? Don't remember the exact ones off hand but maybe someone else here does.

    I seem to have much better results when I split my 3mg pills into quarters, but I also take ZMA at the same time.
     
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    It will help you sleep but don't take too much or it will make it very difficult and uncomfortable to fall asleep.

    Tylenol PM is much better for helping you sleep.
     
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    Tylenol PM is for people with sleep issues too stupid to figure out said sleep issues or treat it appropriately---which would be probably 90% of the population. 25mg of diphenhydramine, aka Benadryl, is a weak-assed CNS depressant. Not only will you develop tolerance to it, it has a half-life of 8hr, give or take another 2-3.

    There are much better options out there, with the main one being seeking out and finding the cause of your insomnia---not treating symptomatically.
     
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    This happened to me the first time I took melatonin. It was weird, I was conscience of being asleep and dreaming, but the dreams continued and I was like a participant/spectator that couldn't get out.
     
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    Are any of your guys still taking Gaba, ZMA etc...? - just curious, I'm sleep aid free currently.
     
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  16. MikeMartial Black Belt

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    I cut out my GABA a few months back after I ran out, and have no ill effects. Still taking ZMA.
     
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    Mikey, I cut them all out a while ago and am sleeping just fine. I've had a few positive changes in my life though so I probably don't have the same stress that I did when I was taking ZMA, Valerian Root etc...
     
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  18. MikeMartial Black Belt

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    That's cool; sleep aside, I still rate ZMA as one of my top supps for anyone, especially athletes. If someone was pretty set against ZMA, I think it'd be prudent to supplement in SOME form of Mg.
     
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    Why not just take zinc and magnesium separately? It's a whole lot cheaper.
     
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  20. MikeMartial Black Belt

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    I pay 13 bucks for 90 caps. BN sells a 180 cap bottle for 16 bucks. That seems pretty reasonable to me.
     
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