Melatonin Has Side Effects


For the past few weeks I have been waking up through out the night, clock checking. I have no problem falling asleep, it's the staying asleep part that I struggle with. I wake up feeling tired and sluggish because of the lack of sleep I'm getting.
I am against OTC medications and only take them in emergency cases so this narrows down my search for a sleep aid. 
At first, a bunch of people suggested Melatonin, which is a hormone that helps  your sleep patterns. I was told that it was natural, so I gave it a try. The first couple nights showed no changes, but I was also told to try it for a week but by morning 3 of waking up with severe abdominal pains, I got curious and looked up the side effects of melatonin which is something I should have done in the beginning. 





The most common melatonin side effects include:
  • Daytime sleepiness, Dizziness, Headaches 
  • Other, less common melatonin side effects might include abdominal discomfort, mild anxiety, irritability, confusion and short-lasting feelings of depression.

Yea, I was very irritable and in pain. So last night I used nothing just to see if it was in fact the melatonin and this morning, even though I clock checked, I woke up without stomach pains so I'm positive it was the melatonin. So apparently  it's not for everyone. Be careful!
I also didn't realize what else Brent A. Bauer, M.D. said:

If you're considering taking melatonin supplements, check with your doctor first — especially if you have any health conditions. The correct dose depends on the intended use. For example, circadian rhythm sleep disorders are often treated with 0.5 milligrams of melatonin a day, while doses of 3 to 5 milligrams a day might be used to treat jet lag or reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. In addition, remember that melatonin is generally recommended only for short-term use — up to two months. Some research indicates that longer term use might be appropriate in certain cases, however.
If you take melatonin, choose commercial supplements produced in a lab. Melatonin supplements made from animal sources might contain various contaminants. Don't engage in activities that require alertness — such as driving or operating heavy machinery — for four to five hours after taking melatonin. (MayoClinic.com)

People have suggested all sorts of things to help. Things I shouldn't be doing (like watching TV an hour before bed) and my diet has already been ruled out as possible factors. Other people suggested books, but like i said, I have no problem going to sleep it's staying asleep that I'm struggling with.

Quite a few people have suggested Sleepy Time Tea. So I'm going to buy some of that today and give it a try. Wish me luck and thanks for the advice people, I'll let you know if it works!!