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I used to have sleep problems so my dr. suggested melatonin. I tried it and now it's part of my night-time routine. Here are some suggestions:

I take 1mg. each night. It's a perfect dose for me and if there's a night where I really need my sleep, I can take two or three.

I take the sublingual kind (it goes under the tongue). This goes directly into your blood stream and you get the benefits sooner. I can doze-off in 20 minutes or less (when it usually takes me an hour or so without). I think by taking the 3mg orally, it takes longer to get to your blood stream, therefore prolonging the effects.

It doesn't hurt to take this, especially the amount that I take. I get more sleep with it than without, so it's beneficial to my health in the long run.

And could you tell me about which sublingual one is the best - thanks!

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And could you tell me about which sublingual one is the best - thanks!

I take Source Naturals. I haven't seen other brands that have a sublingual, but I'm sure there are some out there. I get this from my local health food store and The Vitamin Shoppe.

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I took melatonin during my gluten days for a while. I found that a 1 mg pill would put me to sleep but I would not feel totally awake the next day until afternoon. So what I did was cut the pills in half with a knife, and then cut them again so they were quarters of the original pill. This worked good for me, and I would try to take them 45 minutes to an hours before I went to bed. After reading the Wiki article below, I am not sure I will keep taking it though. The article suggests melatonin increases immune system activity. But it does work well for me to get to sleep.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin

n individuals with auto-immune disorders, there is concern that melatonin supplementation may exacerbate symptoms due to stimulation of the immune system.

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I have been doing research on Melatonin lately. My concern is the lack of information available about the effects of melatonin on individuals with auto-immune disorders. Sure it says it is not recommended, and that makes me worry about trying it. I have been experiencing a lot of peri-menopausal symptoms lately and sleep problems are a big issue for me. I HAVE to get some good sleep and soon! The brain fog is getting bad due to so little sleep, It isn't just a problem falling a sleep, it is staying a sleep all night.

My concern is not so much with the celiac disease, because I am extremely careful with my diet and my DH and other symptoms are under control. My main concern is that I also have psoriasis and suspected alopecia areata (due to a bald spot since age 12) and I don't want either of those to get worse! My skin and hair are important to me...

So anyone have any other recommendations of natural sleep aids? Benadryl works for me, but makes me drowsy the next day if I don't get more than the recommended 8 hours of rest.

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So anyone have any other recommendations of natural sleep aids? Benadryl works for me, but makes me drowsy the next day if I don't get more than the recommended 8 hours of rest.

This is what I'm also asking for in my thread "Occasional Insomnia", but nobody has replied yet...

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I have taken melatonin nightly for many years with good results. I would like to try a time release. I wake up through the night still. In the 80's when I started, I took .5 mg. Now I'm up to 6 mgs. It takes me several years to have to take more.

Recently I have increased my magnesium dosage and found it has a great positive affect on my sleep. I even slept through the night once which I searched my memory and couldn't remember when last that happened. I hear you about the hypoglycemic thing though. Since I have been eating lo-carb I have to have about 1/2 slice of lunchmeat in the morning or my blood sugar gets too low, too fast before I can get to breakfast.

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