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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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. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

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 »

How to change the circadian rhythm of sleeping?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know how to reset my circadian rhythm from being advanced to a more normal schedule. I have been going to bed around 9 pm and waking up at 5 am. I would like to shift my rhythms to waking up at 7 am and going to bed around 11 pm. I get very sleepy at around 8:30 to 9 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is nice to see that you are so aware of your sleep rhythms. Advanced sleep phase syndrome (ASPS) is common in the elderly and not so common in your age. However, your symptoms match ASPS and I will suggest some techniques to delay your circadian rhythm. Ensure th...  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 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 »

Why do I have sleep problems when not on melatonin supplements?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old female and overall in good health. Starting last month quite suddenly, I started having insomnia issues. The symptoms were difficulty to fall asleep, sensations of adrenaline, waking up scared when falling asleep, a sensation of weakness or numbness in both arms, me...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are suspecting something like sporadic familial insomnia, it is wise to see a neurologist with your specific complaints. This is because it is very difficult to diagnose on the basis of symptoms only. It needs investigations like genetic analysis and sleep s...  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

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 t...  Read Full »

How do Melatonin supplements work?

Query: Hello doctor, How do Melatonin supplements work? Does taking Melatonin actually help you fall asleep and stay asleep? Are there any potential side effects or drawbacks to using Melatonin to fall asleep? Are there any health benefits of taking a Melatonin supplement? Is it safe to take Melatonin on ...  Read Full »


Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Melatonin is a natural hormone found in our body. The Melatonin pill works the same as this natural hormone as per studies. It helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. It also helps fall asleep and stay asleep. It worked for my patients. It is usually safe. I have prescribed ...  Read Full »

Can I take Melatonin while on Lisinopril?

Query: Hi doctor, I am currently taking Lisinopril for high BP. May I use a salt substitute¬†to reduce magnesium level? Can I take Melatonin while on Lisinopril?  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, I suggest Melatonin can be consumed along with Lisinopril. Consult your doctor, discuss with him or her and then take the medicine with consent. It is not advisable to use a salt supplement with Lisinopril, as it can cause hyperkalemia (high potassium level...  Read Full »

What is the solution for segmented sleep?

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Kindly suggest a solution to get rid of sleeping for long hours.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I use to sleep very much about 11-13 hours a day. I sleep late at night and wake up very late. This is creating a great hamper in my study as well as my daily life. Now, what can I do in order to get rid of this devastating problem?  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What you are describing is a common sleep disorder known as delayed sleep phase syndrome. It is a disorder of the body clock. This clock is tuned by bright light and blue light. Chronotherapy: Sleep in a room where the sunlight will bathe your eyes in morning, even...  Read Full »

Can a month long sleep disorder affect my health?

Query: Hi doctor,I am in my late twenties. I am having a sleep disorder for a month and I feel weak too.My usual body clock is from 11 AM to 3 AM or worst until 5 AM in the morning.I am also taking the capsule Myra-E 400 IU after lunch daily.I am worried that it may cause a serious problem to my health.  Read Full »


Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you are not getting enough sleep. I also understand that you are awake from 11 AM to 3 AM on most days and I assume that this is related to your work schedule. Anxiety is usually a reason for reduced sleep. How is your appetite? Are you able to sleep alo...  Read Full »

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