Some time back, I was having issues adapting between day and night work schedules, so I grabbed a bottle of melatonin and took it for a few days.
Curious about it, I started doing a little research on it after some weird side effects I was having.
For me: (3mg pills)
- Worked best when I took about 1/4 of the 3mg pill and crushed it up before ingesting it.
- When I crushed it, it always seemed to work extremely fast.
- Did not make me feel tired, it just made me very calm and it was easier to just drift into sleep by closing my eyes.
- Even while awake, it made me feel like I was on the border of REM dreaming/daydreaming while soothed.
- Would always wake me in the middle of the night, afraid and feeling a weird feeling of doom, no matter how little I took.
- These feelings never happened with a "bad dream". I would just wake up and feel weird like my spirit was always on the verge of leaving my body and
that I may die at any moment. I would check my pulse and weird myself out for a bit, but then it seemed harder to fall asleep, likely due to all the
anxiety I was feeling. Fight/Flight mode was definitely kicked in. About half an hour to an hour later, I could fall asleep just fine.
- Usually made it harder for me to wake in the morning, like I hadn't slept.
- The mg amount in a pill is FAR FAR FAR greater than your body naturally produces while you sleep.
- This is something that's produced while you're already asleep.
- If you take upwards to around 12mg or more, your dream state will likely change. (Lucid Dreams)
- You apparently CANT overdose on it.
- Cancer patients are given around 85mg and much higher as it seems to help with cancer treatments while using chemo. Apparently in conjunction with
chemo, it's been found to work best against fighting cancer.
- It's not good to take it more than a few weeks or it could mess with your hormones and cause depression.
- Works best when used for a couple of days to assist you to sleep, but never meant to be alternative to sleep aids since it doesn't actually put you
- Effectiveness depends on the quality.
- Many store brands have poor quality and some have little to no melatonin in them. (Lots of fakes out there)
- The mg on the bottle isn't an accurate judgment of what's in the bottle.
- You're better off going with a well known trustworthy brand than anything.
- Some melatonin is made with plants and others with pig brain parts and so forth. Never know what you're gonna get.
Hope this offered some insight. You should really look up anything and everything you're taking. There are more side effects to this stuff. It's
not even a proven effective supplement and could actually be harmful to you.