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    JennyH Guest

    Default Melatonin users??

    Hi,

    I'm considering giving my DS melatonin again. He goes to sleep okay but tends to wake in the middle of the night and a hard time falling back asleep and he really needs his sleep(as do I). I had one bad experience with it - nightmares so I'm still a little hesitant.

    How much do you give your little one? What brand? Are there and contraindictions to it?? Why are you giving it to your child?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jenny
    Mom to Ben 5.75 low tone and behavioral issue(doing well lately though!!! wondering if it's due to the EPA Oil and mag??)

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    Default Here's what we do...

    I use melatonin for my girls. Mostly for Savanna who is 3.5 yrs old. Melatonin works best for us to go to sleep. It does not seem to help them stay asleep.

    I use approx. .625 mg which is a 2.5mg split in quarters. But I use a little more for Savanna than for Sierra because she has more trouble and seems to need a little more.

    I use a pepperment sublingual because it tastes good and disolves quickly.

    Good luck!

    Susan

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    If I were you I'd go w/ the time released melatonin! Sounds like it would work. We use it here...even me sometimes.

    Loves,
    S

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    Default we give the KAL sustained release

    3mg tablets to ds every night. the regular melatonin put him to sleep but then he would wake again after 4hrs. his dopamine and seratonin levels are way off and he cant regulate his REM w/o melatonin.

    as a side note, since i take it too i do know that whatever i was "exposed" to the hour after taking it is what i dream about. or even what my thoughts were that hour. having said that, we make a point to do bedtime stories and fun stuff after he takes the melatonin. to try and reduce any negative dreams he may have. hugs

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    Christine S Guest

    Default Wow, that's really interesting....

    About your dreams. I've heard that as a side effect of this before, but it's not an issue here.

    I forgot they even made the melatonin in a timed release. We use ultra low doseage for T....it's just enough to slow his brain down and he falls right to sleep. Still won't sleep past 6am, but hey we can't ask for miracles, right?

    C

    Quote Originally Posted by mickey2
    3mg tablets to ds every night. the regular melatonin put him to sleep but then he would wake again after 4hrs. his dopamine and seratonin levels are way off and he cant regulate his REM w/o melatonin.

    as a side note, since i take it too i do know that whatever i was "exposed" to the hour after taking it is what i dream about. or even what my thoughts were that hour. having said that, we make a point to do bedtime stories and fun stuff after he takes the melatonin. to try and reduce any negative dreams he may have. hugs

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    Default What dose do you use? m

    Quote Originally Posted by Christine S
    About your dreams. I've heard that as a side effect of this before, but it's not an issue here.

    I forgot they even made the melatonin in a timed release. We use ultra low doseage for T....it's just enough to slow his brain down and he falls right to sleep. Still won't sleep past 6am, but hey we can't ask for miracles, right?

    C
    I'm thinking about this for Charles, who typically will not go to sleep before 11. It's wearing me down.

    What time does Tobin go to sleep? With Charles going to bed ca. 11, he wakes up at about 8 (except during the week when I have to get him up for school). Sometimes he falls asleep earlier, 8:30 or so, and then he's up at 5:30. I don't which is worse: the going to sleep really late or the going to sleep early but then waking up before the crack of dawn.

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    Christine S Guest

    Default We get the early bed, early rise.

    But that's in part because he has NEVER risen any later no matter what we do. I now tell people he sleeps 10 hours/day...always has, only now he's starting to grow into that number.

    I really WISH he'd sleep later because I'd love for the kids to be able to stay up a bit later during the summer. AS it is, all I get with a later bedtime is cranky kids.

    Good luck. I've no answers with this one. Maybe you can find some middle ground for him though.

    C

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