Product Type: NOW Vitamin 50mg
Newest Review: ... been, most medications and suppliments could cause side effects. If you plan to take it or give it to someone else I would recommend th... more
A natually occuring hormone for those that don't naturally produce it
Member Name: okocha
Date: 06/07/10, updated on 06/07/10 (191 review reads)
Advantages: Gets you to sleep
Disadvantages: Doesn't keep you asleep
I have known many many children that have used Melatonin every day, some for over ten years, with no side effects including my own Nephew. Some of these children have been prescribed Melatonin by a doctor and some haven't. Some had to change doctors a few times before they found one that was happy to prescribe it.
Melatonin is naturally occuring hormone in the pineal gland, it makes you feel sleepy when it goes dark. Not everyone produces enough Melatonin to make them sleep and in these cases it is possible to use Melatonin to gently and naturally get yourself to sleep. Not everyone feels that it is completely safe but in my experience it has been, most medications and suppliments could cause side effects. If you plan to take it or give it to someone else I would recommend that you do full research on it and take advice before taking it. All I can say is that several parents I know have reported wanting to smother their children through lack of sleep, one had been rehoused several times due to the noise her son used to make at night and each move made him worse as he was completely unsettled. After using Melatonin their lives have been transformed. All of the children have had improved attention, less frustration and aggression and better results in their education. The parents have been less fraught due to getting a full nights sleep, had a better relationship with their children and, in the cases of those that couldn't work before, they have been capable to get and hold down a job and get off benefits.
Melatonin is also used as a remedy for jet lag, it is rumoured to have anti ageing properties and prevent cancer, the last two claims haven't been proved conclusively although if you sleep more I should imagine that that in itself would have anti ageing properties, as for the cancer claim many things are claimed to help prevent cancer although none have been conclusively proven.
If you are suffering through lack of sleep this is one of the options that you can explore. Not all doctors will prescribe Melatonin but you can always ask for a second opinion and another doctor would be happy to. In Britain Melatonin is only available on prescription because it has not yet been approved as an over the counter remedy from pharmacies but it is available in Health Food shop. This is not the only, or maybe not the best, option available to you there are others out there, it is up to you to investigate and decide which is the best option for you. Everyone is different and when it comes to suppliments, medicines and natural remedies everyoe has their own opinion
While it's true that some doctors wouldn't recommend giving Melatonin to children, many doctors disagree as they will prescribe it for children if they feel that it is necessary. I have only reported my personal experience it is up to each person to make their own decisions.
Summary: Do your research and make your own choice
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