I can't sleep.

My sleep cycle is all messed up.
Should I cook myself a meal?

  • melatonin, a naturally-occurring chemical in your brain, is used to help people sleep without resorting to addictive sleeping pills. you can get it over-the-counter.
    https://examine.com/supplements/melatonin/

    the recommended dosage for many people is 300 mcg. if the melatonin at this dosage doesn't seem to do anything, try doubling the dosage. this is safe to do, as it is very hard to overdose on melatonin.

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  • >>13
    We can't overdose on melatonin, but we can get accustomed to it.
    >try doubling the dosage
    In fact even 600 mcg of melatonin is impossible to find, over-the-counter anyway.
    All pharmacies and superstores have 5 mg being the "normal" dose. You can even find 10 mg tablets. Although all of this should be safe, it's going to make people dependent on melatonin. I wonder if pharmaceutical companies are doing this on purpose, or if people are just demanding high dosages for more "effectiveness".
    I remember that a few years back, I was able to find some tablets that had 0.5 mg of melatonin in them. I have resorted to breaking 1 mg doses in half.

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  • >>13
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    OP here. 3mg+ of melatonin never did anything for me.

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  • >>21
    strange. well, if you can't sleep, then it's likely that your circadian rhythm is out of whack. so it may be a good idea to try to restore it by going out in the sun more, increasing your intake of vitamin d and calcium (if you take vitamin d pills, take them in the morning), and setting a consistent bedtime
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23910656
    https://examine.com/nutrition/can-supplemental-vitamind-improve-sleep/
    https://www.sleep.org/articles/circadian-rhythm-body-clock/

    and if you haven't already, it may be good idea to reduce your blue light exposure 2-3 hours before bedtime. as light, and especially blue light, plays an important role in suppressing melatonin production in the brain.
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side

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