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#16 ianm

 
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Posted 06 August 2006 - 09:28 AM

I found that I can't take it every night because I quickly build up a tolerance. I have not noticed any ill effects or even become remotely addicted to it. For occaisonal use it works really well.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 06:28 PM

To all who use melatonin. I used it and it worked terrific. 9 pm and i konked out. after that it didn't work and then i started getting sick again and the only thing we were doing differant was Melatonin and then we talked to a health food lady and she said that Melatonin shouldn't be used by Gluten-Free people. I use Valaerin (or however you spell that) now but I'm not supposed to use it on a regular basis.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 06:38 PM

I took it every night for about 2 years, but that was 4 years ago. It helped me fall asleep, but sometimes I would wake up still middle of the night. I used to take a couple pills a night, about 6 mg. It never hurt me. I have always had problems absorbing meds. Having taken anything since I have been gluten free, so I dont know now. This was during a period when I was eating lots of gluten. I use to eat a lot of carbs because I did long distance cycling. I also had chronic D during this time. When I stopped eating all the carbs I got better.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 09:30 PM

Any thoughts on melatonin?

I've been taking time released melatonin for a few months. My problem wasn't falling asleep, it was staying asleep and the time released melatonin really helps!

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 02:20 PM

we talked to a health food lady and she said that Melatonin shouldn't be used by Gluten-Free people.


Walgreen's brand melatonin is gluten-free. I've used melatonin for years with no ill effects, and with considerable benefits. I know when I forget to take it, because I'll be laying in bed wondering why I can't sleep, and then I'll realize that I forgot my melatonin. I only take it when I feel like I will have trouble falling asleep, though. It stops working if you take it every night.
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Posted 28 October 2007 - 10:36 AM

To all who use melatonin. I used it and it worked terrific. 9 pm and i konked out. after that it didn't work and then i started getting sick again and the only thing we were doing differant was Melatonin and then we talked to a health food lady and she said that Melatonin shouldn't be used by Gluten-Free people. I use Valaerin (or however you spell that) now but I'm not supposed to use it on a regular basis.



That is too general a statement. She should have backed it up with facts saying why.

My daughter has never been able to sleep without it. She has been taking it off and on but mostly on for about 8 years now. She cannot get to sleep or sleep peacefully with out. Some people are deficent, their bodies are supposed to produce it and they don't. So far it is the safest sleep aid we have found for her.
She is at 3 mg now.
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 09:56 AM

Melatonin is my lifesaver. I take 3mg every night now for almost 3 years. Knocks me out! If I wake up in the middle of the night to pee I sometimes take a little more. It does not cause you to wake up groggy.
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 01:09 PM

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.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:55 AM

I love melatonin. It really helps me when I have trouble sleeping (which is a lot more lately since going gluten free), and I have no apparent ill effects from it. But I also recently noticed the autoimmune warning on the bottle when I was checking for gluten when starting the diet. That worries me, so I have been trying not to take it as often. Does anyone have more info about that?
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:02 AM

I've been taking time released melatonin for a few months. My problem wasn't falling asleep, it was staying asleep and the time released melatonin really helps!

S

Hello,
Can you tell me which kind of melatonin you use please
Thanks!
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:03 AM

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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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:59 AM

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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Posted 11 January 2008 - 01:13 PM

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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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:13 AM

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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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:07 PM

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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