Monday, January 4, 2010

Melatonin,insomnia and PD

Kathrynne Holden, MS

Joined: 22 Jan 2007
Posts: 94
Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:14 pm Post subject: Melatonin, insomnia and PD


Melatonin, insomnia and PD

Melatonin has helped many people suffering from jet lag. An animal study
has appeared promising in terms of preventing cell death, but human
studies are lacking. If you’d like to try melatonin for sleep, discuss it
with your doctor first. The Dietary Supplement advises: “For minor
sleeping problems, start with 0.3-0.5 mg (300-500 mcg; cut the pill if
necessary), a dose that maintains blood concentrations at healthy levels.
Take it 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime and be careful, for melatonin
can impair mental alertness and physical coordination as it lowers body
temperature and blood pressure slightly. Incrementally increase the dose
up to 5 mg/night if smaller amounts aren’t helpful, recognizing that you
may feel tired and sleepy the following morning if you take too much....If
you have persistent insomnia or chronic sleep problems....Get a medical
evaluation to identify the cause. Unless a doctor advises otherwise,
melatonin should not be taken for more than a few months at a time since
its long-term safety hasn’t been studied.”
Thomas, P.R. Melatonin. The Dietary Supplement. V 4 No 1 Jan-Feb 2003.
Best regards,
Kathrynne Holden, MS
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