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Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the body in response to darkness. Exposure to light at night for a more extended period disturbs the production of melatonin. It helps treat jet lag, delayed sleep-wake phase disorder, some sleep disorders in children and used to treat anxiety. People who have trouble while sleeping can take melatonin supplements. They are available as pills, when placed under the tongue or cheek, get absorbed by the body. It treats insomnia and various sleep disorders.

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I have a disturbed sleep and morning drowsiness. Pease help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 56 years old and self-employed. I do not have much work for the last few months as I have reduced my business for a gradual retirement. I go to bed at about 10 PM. I get up once in between for urination. Most of the day, in the last few months, my sleep gets disturbed at about 4 AM a...  Read Full »

Dr. Duraikannan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query. You are suffering from two problems. One is nasal block and the other is sleep disturbance, which may be insomnia. You can stop Xaria plus (combination of Montelukast and Fexofenadine). Instead of that you can take Flutiflo-FT - F...  Read Full »

I am suffering from sleep issues. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female suffering from sleep issues. How might taking a magnesium supplement in addition to melatonin help with sleep issues? What are the possible advantages and drawbacks of doing so? I am curious about how magnesium affects sleep regulation, how it interacts with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I can provide you with information on how magnesium supplementation along with melatonin may help with sleep issues, their advantages and potential drawbacks, interactions, dosages, and other complementary approaches. 1. Magnesium and...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take Melatonin for the long-term for my depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old male. I have been taking Melatonin for the past few years. My doctor prescribed Melatonin mainly for my depression, but I was taking it before he prescribed it to me. Overthinking is a big problem for me, and any little sound disturbs me and makes me agitated. What a...  Read Full »

Dr. Matthew Michael Stott

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. It sounds as though you are struggling to fall asleep on time. Melatonin is generally a safe medicine for insomnia when taken just before sleep. It is advised not to drive or operate machinery within five hours ...  Read Full »

I suffer from sleep issues. Are melatonin supplements safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female with a problematic sleep schedule. I stay awake until 3 am every night, even after attempting to reduce screen time and putting away my phone before bedtime. I have heard about melatonin supplements for sleep. Are these supplements safe and non-habit forming? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Melatonin indeed aids sleep, as its production can be hindered by screen use and lights. This deficiency can be supplemented, but I recommend natural measures first, such as turning off screens three to four hours before ...  Read Full »

I have difficulty sleeping. Will melatonin supplements help?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 32-year-old woman. I have a very hectic lifestyle due to my work schedule. I often face issues while sleeping and seldom get a peaceful and sound sleep. Recently, my friend recommended sleep medicine (Melatonin supplements). Are these medicines safe to take? Does it help in sleep...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello,Welcome to Icliniq.comI can understand your concern.Melatonin is for sleep and it can be used in various situations but in your case, I would suggest you try natural ways for better sleep. Side effects are usually like laziness headache and vomiting. Starting supplements once will become an ad...  Read Full »

I have segmented sleep. How to get rid of it?

Query: Hi doctor,What is the solution for segmented sleep? How to get rid of this?  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The treatment depends on the cause of segmented sleep. If it is due to mood disorder like depression or hypomania or anxiety, then treatment of the underlying condition will correct the segmented sleep as well. If it is due to disturbed sleep - wake cycle li...  Read Full »

Can Melatonin be taken with Diltiazem?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 67 years old. I am taking Diltiazem 120 mg twice daily. It was given to me when I had borderline hypertrophy of the heart due to undiagnosed sleep apnea. I also take it when I have tachycardia once or twice a year. It was not given to me for high blood pressure. When my doctor examine...  Read Full »

Dr. Artur Holubka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Diltiazem is not given in a high dose to cause serious disturbance in you. Melatonin interferes with testosterone production. Melatonin deficiency initiates or aggravates the clinical course of all somatic pathologies. It also leads to testosterone deficiency at any age...  Read Full »

Is it OK to take liquid Melatonin during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 7 weeks pregnant. I am suffering from insomnia and it is getting worse now. I used to take liquid Melatonin where each dropper was 1 mg and I never exceeded 5 mg a night, nor would I take 5 mg all together. I used to take 1 mg and wait for an hour then try again. Since I have been ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Melatonin is actually secreted by the placenta during pregnancy and one does not really require an extra dose of it. As you are in just 7th week of pregnancy there are chances that you may have sleeping troubles. You can take liquid Melatonin but not more than 2 mg pe...  Read Full »

Will Melatonin reduce the effect of birth control pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I have read that Melatonin could possibly lessen the effectiveness of birth control pills. My understanding is that there is little to no peer-reviewed scientific studies to support this claim, but I am still worried, as I am sexually active and take 3 mg of Melatonin each night (and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern here and you are right that there are not many or in fact hardly any articles or peer-reviewed papers on Melatonin and birth control interactions. But I would like to keep it simple for you to understand. Melatonin is produced during the nig...  Read Full »

Running affected my circadian rhythm. How to fall asleep soon?

Query: Hello doctor, I am now 35 years old. In my early twenties, I was a marathon runner. Now I go a few times per week, one to five times to run after my office hours. I run about 10- 15 km a few times per week. I used to run intensively and to sweat strongly. My heart rate goes up. My problem is that...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Prior to my answer to your query, I have some queries to be answered. Do you have thyroid problems or gastritis? Any anxiety or depression? Significant psychological stress? For how long you have been witnessing sleep problem? Do you have difficulty falling asleep? ...  Read Full »

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