MELATONIN vs other sleeping pills

MayfieldMayfield nuninuninuninu PExer
i've been having a hard time sleeping lately. a friend recommended Melatonin, a natural remedy for sleeping disorders. i tried it but still, i'm having problems sleeping. i've read a lot of people have been taking melatonin and it worked for them. why didn't it work for me?

any suggestions?


  • wAgKaNgMaKuLiTwAgKaNgMaKuLiT Unregistered PExer
    hmm question, pwde bang gawing sleeping pill ang cold medicines kahit na wala kang sipon?

  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Melatonin is not universally effective, and studies have shown that its effect is inconsistent and it doesn't work in a certain percentage of the population. If your insomnia is a short term problem, you may not need any medications--habit change may be enough:

    1. Sleep and wake up at the same time everyday, and avoid taking naps.
    2. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes at night.
    3. Exercise regularly but avoid doing so 3 hours before bedtime.
    4. Don't eat a heavy dinner.
    5. Be sure that your sleeping area is comfortable--not too warm nor too cold, or not too bright either.
    6. Get into a routine prior to bedtime that will help you relax like reading a book or listening to music.
    7. If you can't sleep, don't persist in lying in bed. You're teaching yourself to associating the bed with sleeplessness.

    If these don't help, see a physician. You may need to take sleeping pills shortterm.

    What kind of cold medicine are we talking about, kulit? There are different kinds, and some of them have addictive potential.
  • wAgKaNgMaKuLiTwAgKaNgMaKuLiT Unregistered PExer
    hmm typical over the counter drugs like neozep and decolgen...

  • bjmanabatbjmanabat Member PExer
    there's a long list of sedatives in the market from a mild non prescription drug to the major tranquilizers which need a special license called S2. if i were you i would certainly take dr ira's advice. its safe, natural and cheap too! for my practice i usually go for the mild sedatives first with the lowest possible dose before using the major ones.
  • AddamAddam Member PExer
    question po: what's the mode of action of melatonin? Ive tried it and it seemed to work
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain's pineal gland, and it is converted to serotonin, and this hormone affects the circadian rhythm which is in charge of sleep-wake cycle.
  • firemonkeyfiremonkey Member PExer
    Doc' how about VALERIAN.... They say it's better than MELATONIN
  • VjSophieVjSophie cute! =) PEx Rookie ⭐
    dba milk has melatonin? i was told that warm milk drank an hour before bedtime induces sleepyness because of melatonin :) Sometimes i can't sleep , and i take ternelax. Ternelax is a muscle relaxant , when my batok hurts , i drink it and fall asleep.
  • Chase_MeridianChase_Meridian POWER. PLEASURE. PAIN. PExer
    Speaking of circadian rhythm... I have an erratic biological clock coz I work on night shift. Do you have any tips on getting enough sleep for us shift workers? I once thought of taking Melatonin, but based on my research, it does more chaos than help to our sleeping pattern.

    At present, I think i have the most erratic sleeping pattern. I just doze off whenever I feel sleepy. It doesn't matter anymore if it's day or night. And I seldom complete 8 hours of sleep. Does it have any effects on my health? I feel and look healthy naman. In fact my friends say I'm "blooming" daw. Although I feel grumpy and crabby at times.
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    VjSophie: Milk does not have melatonin, it has L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan gets converted to serotonin and then to melatonin.

    Chase_Meridian: Here's a website that may help you. If your problem continues, consider seeing a sleep disorder specialist.
  • mrpatheticmrpathetic Member PExer

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