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Experiments in melatonin

I tried the melatonin pills over the weekend. I bought 250 mg sub-linguals (put them under your tongue and they dissolve). Friday night, I tried a single pill. I got sleepy faster than I'd expected and slept well until about 4 am when, bam, awake. Really awake, just like the usual insomnia. Considered taking another one, but they take an hour to work, so I didn't. After reading for an hour or so, I got back to sleep and slept in, which for me means to about 9:00 am. I did notice that I remembered my dreams better.

Saturday night, I tried a half-pill. I still got sleepy faster than expected, but I woke up a bunch of times. I mostly managed to doze back off again. The effect was pretty much the same on Sunday night. Maybe, overall, I slept better?

I am thinking of looking into timed-release melatonin. The making-me-sleepy part works well; if it could work in the wee hours, that would be awesome. If it was already in my system at 4 am, maybe it wouldn't take an extra hour to kick in.

Got writing done regardless. I made sure that happened. About 2000 more words in, AND I have broken my draft into two-and-a-bit chapters.

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birdhousefrog
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
see also Valerian, which is the main ingredient in the 'pm' pill I like to take. Slight muscle relaxant. Doesn't so much make me sleepy as allow me to relax into sleep and stay asleep.
fiveandfour
Feb. 21st, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
As a life-long insomniac, discovering melatonin (and now a pill that combines melatonin with valerian) was like hearing a choir of angels sing. It's taken some experimentation to get a dosage that works most of the time for me. (For one thing, various experiences helped me learn how essential exercise is for me when it comes to sleep.)

I haven't tried the sub-lingual type - only taken the pills. It would seem logical that the pills would have more of a time-release action than the sub-linqual, so perhaps it's just a matter of titrating the dosages until you find what works for you?

Also, I've never heard of or seen a time-release melatonin pill, but I think there is some brand of sleep aid that has this feature (though I have no idea of its ingredients).
oracne
Feb. 21st, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oddly, exercise does not seem to affect me so far as the waking up again. I can work out too much, be exhausted, and still wake in the wee hours.
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