Melatonin

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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Kindly suggest a treatment for sleep problems.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female of weight 60 kg and height 176 cm. I have been having extreme trouble with sleeping for about 18 months now. I struggle to get to bed, and when I finally do, I wake up once in one and a half hour or so and feel like the sleep is not a deep one. I feel like I have a restless ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your limited history, two plausible causes of your insomnia can be made out. Cabergoline is a dopamine agonist, which has stimulating properties. However, you cannot quit taking it because it is needed in your case. Hypothalamus is connected to the pituitary both ...  Read Full »

How does poor sleep affect the brain?

Query: Hello doctor, It is known that many teenagers suffer from sleep-deprivation. My son has also suffered from sleep-deprivation. He is now 21 years old. According to his physicist, each day's recommended amount of sleep is minimal eight hours for teenagers aged between 13 to 18. This has not been the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your question and would explain that his symptoms are not suggestive of cognitive decline due to neuronal cell degeneration. You should know that sleep deprivation may reduce mental performance and lead to anxiety or irritability in teenagers....  Read Full »

Is proper sleep an important factor in weight loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old. I want to reduce my belly fat. Actually, I do not have time for exercise. I sleep at 4.30 AM and wake up at 11 PM. Can you help me to reduce my fat?  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is it work that makes you sleep so late? This is one of the factors that needs change. The other thing is that you need to exercise and eat regularly. You need to burn 3000 Kcal daily, and to do that, you will need to exercise for 45 to 60 minutes daily with a combinati...  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

General Practitioner, Family Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

How to achieve and maintain the standard dose of Zolcalm to help sleep?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old and diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and IBS(digestive issues). Due to my exam stress and terrible insomnia, my psychiatrist prescribed my Etilaam, Sobrium, and Zolcalm. But due to prolonged use of Zolcalm, I have reached a point where even 20 mg is n...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. You must continue tablet Nexito and Petril. If you are taking tablet Zolfresh 20 mg then you must continue tablet zolfresh 15 mg for four weeks then take 10 mg for another foue weeks. Now you are stable on tablet zolfresh 10 mg. Then...  Read Full »

Can I 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

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 night...  Read Full »

I hardly get about only one hour of sleep in the night. What should I do to fix it?

Query: Hello doctor, For about a few months, I have been surviving on less than an hour of sleep per night. For the first 27 years of my life, I have always had a little bit of trouble getting sleep (overactive mind), but I have never had any trouble getting a full night rest (anywhere from 6 to 9 hours)....  Read Full »


Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a unique situation and though I do not have a clear answer to your complaints, I can give you some relevant advice. The first thing to do is to evaluate your insomnia. I would suggest you use a camera to video record your sleep. You can use your phone camera w...  Read Full »

Will light therapy or chronotherapy help in sleeping disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old male with a sleeping disorder. I have difficulty in falling asleep in the night and has difficulty in getting back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night. I need to masturbate in order to fall asleep. I suffer delayed sleep phase disorder. This has made...  Read Full »


Dr. Pedro Paulino Matos

Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sleep disorders are very common. Normally hygienic measures could be helpful to alleviate the symptoms. Also, it could be a symptom of other disorders, however, in your particular situation that does not seem to be the case. Melatonin is effective in regulating the ...  Read Full »

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