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Melatonin (comes in sizes 5mg, 3mg, or less).
Melatonin is already produced by the brain, it increases the sensitivity to
light or no light affecting sleep. I personally find I can get by on
less sleep if I take some Melatonin (but I try to get lots of sleep in general,
great for ones mental health and physical health). But I also
noticed something more with Melatonin. When I play music in the morning,
after taking melatonin the night before, I get much deeper unconscious inspirations,
which can be summed up with a quote by Albert Einstein ""There comes a
point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how
it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap". In
other words, with Melatonin, inspirations just come to you.
Some of my songs, written after using around 10mg of melatonin (the night
before, sleeping, the playing music) are "Beyond" for Evie #2 LISTEN (music background for this page)
AND a very deep, very powerful: "In The Wind II" LISTEN
If I seem like a sleepy head to people, its not as much the Melatonin as the 5HTP L-Tryptophan ("Seratonin" the minds neuro transmitters), which makes me real sleepy, but coherent and helps deal with a stressful world (and it is stressful with people non-verbally questioning "what are you doing in my lane, on my road, on my sidewalk, in my store, in my way....".
Back to Melatonin
Andrew Weil MD (famous health author) says Melatonin is good, but he does not advise it for every night
www.wikipedia.org The Online Encyclopedia says Melatonin affects your biological clock, and is basically safe, helps the immune system, helps the Thyroid (possibly great for people like me with hypothyroidism, see my article on that), and (note further below) wikipedia talks about better REM sleep with large 50mg dosages (have to work my way up, I am (at the time of writing this) at around 10 mg before bedtime.
The body of research is overwhelmingly supportive of the claim that melatonin interacts with the immune system. Melatonin may help fight disease, but its true role in disease treatment is unknown.
Recent research has concluded that melatonin supplementation in perimenopausal women produces a highly significant improvement in thyroid function and gonadotropin levels, as well as restoring fertility and menstruation and preventing the depression associated with the menopause.
Many melatonin users have reported an increase in the vividness or frequency of dreams. High doses of melatonin (50mg) dramatically increased REM sleep time and dream activity in both narcoleptics and normal people.
It is interesting to note that many psychotropic drugs, such as LSD and cocaine, increase melatonin synthesis. It has been suggested that nonpolar (lipid-soluble) indolic hallucinogenic drugs emulate melatonin activity in the awakened state and that both act on the same areas of the brain.
In a 2005 editorial of the British Journal of Psychiatry, Ben Sessa suggested that psychotropic drugs be readmitted in the field of scientific enquiry and therapy. Melatonin, being two endogenous hallucinogenic indoles like N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), is likely to be research priorities in this reemerging field of psychiatry.
Use as a dietary supplement
The primary motivation for the use of melatonin as a supplement is as a natural aid to better sleep, with other incidental benefits to health and well-being due to its role as an antioxidant and its stimulation of the immune system and several components of the endocrine system.
Victor Herbert, M.D., J.D., of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, cites studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology that say melatonin pills sold as supplements contain three to 10 times the amount needed to produce the desirable physiologic nocturnal blood melatonin level for enhancement of nighttime rest. Dosages are designed to raise melatonin levels for several hours to enhance quality of sleep, but some studies suggest that smaller doses are just as effective at improving sleep quality. High dose melatonin can even be counterproductive: Lewy & al provide support to the "idea that too much melatonin may spill over onto the wrong zone of the melatonin phase-response curve." In their study, 0.5 mg of melatonin was effective while 20 mg wasn't. A practical implication of these results is that effective melatonin supplementation (for sleep problems) thus becomes very accessible: it costs a fraction of what most researchers thought it might cost.
A number of studies indicate melatonin supplementation helps to reduce the age-related decline in hormone production from the thyroid and pituitary glands, among others, with animal models suggesting these effects are associated with an overall enhancement of health
Melatonin is involved in the regulation of body weight, and may be helpful in treating obesity (especially when combined with calcium).
Melatonin is practically nontoxic and exhibits almost no toxic side effects. However, melatonin taken in combination with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can lead to overdose because MAOIs inhibit the breakdown of melatonin by the body. Exogenous melatonin normally does not affect the endogenous melatonin profile in the short or medium-term, merely advancing the phase of endogenous melatonin production in time.
In individuals with auto-immune disorders, there is concern that melatonin supplementation may exacerbate symptoms due to stimulation of the immune system.
Melatonin causes somnolence, and therefore should not be taken within five hours before driving, operating machinery, etc. As melatonin is almost always taken at the end of the waking day, this is generally not an issue.
Individuals who experience orthostatic intolerance, a cardiovascular condition that results in reduced blood pressure and blood flow to the brain when a person stands, may experience a worsening of symptoms when taking melatonin supplements, a study at Penn State College of Medicine's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center suggests. Melatonin can exacerbate the symptoms by reducing nerve activity in those who experience the condition, the study found.
As a natural substance with a virtual absence of problematic side effects, with health benefits to users without illnesses, melatonin has been classified as a dietary supplement and made freely available in the USA, but in the EU, over-the-counter sale without prescription is not yet officially permitted.
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