Melatonin?

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    Mar 04, 2012 12:46 PM GMT
    Anybody ever take melatonin? An article I read says melatonin helps with sleep AND boosts testosterone. That's a sweet deal if it's true, unfortunately, you can't always believe Dr. Internet.
  • rnch

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    Mar 04, 2012 12:47 PM GMT
    Melatonin works well for me...better than other OTC "sleep aids". It does give me some wild dreams, though.
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    Mar 04, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    I take it in order to sleep. It was either that or a prescription. It works great.
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    Mar 04, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    I don't know about testosterone, but melatonin is the substance in your brain that tells it "it is time to sleep". The melatonin level decreases towards the end of your sleep to tell your brain "it's no longer time to sleep"

    With that in mind, I would only take it at a time when you want to tell your brain "this is the time I want to be sleeping at every day". What I mean is, if you have a late night, don't take it, similarly to not taking it on an early night.

    I don't find it helps me fall asleep earlier, but it does give me a pretty good chance of waking up 8 hours after I take it.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 04, 2012 3:13 PM GMT
    rnch saidMelatonin works well for me...better than other OTC "sleep aids". It does give me some wild dreams, though.



    ^^^^^ This ^^^^^ I have taken melatonin for years because it helps me wind down and makes me drowsy. The dreams can be pretty awesome too.
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    Mar 04, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Umm the bottle says "for use beyond 4 weeks, consult health care practitioner".
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    Mar 04, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    It doesn't really have anything to do with testosterone, there's no connection between these two in metabolism.

    As for a permanent use. If you take it as a sleeping aid on a regular basis it will fuck up your own production of melatonin. So basically you might get dependent on it physically.
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    Mar 04, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidUmm the bottle says "for use beyond 4 weeks, consult health care practitioner".


    hahahahahahahahaha
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    Mar 04, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Buddyboy938 saidAnybody ever take melatonin? An article I read says melatonin helps with sleep AND boosts testosterone. That's a sweet deal if it's true, unfortunately, you can't always believe Dr. Internet.

    Yes, melatonin for sleep. And GABA if I'm too jazzed after a workout.
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    Mar 04, 2012 4:49 PM GMT

    I have been taking 150 mcg for years to keep my sleep cycle straight and it works for me.. The side effects for me in higher doses have been restless leg syndrome and vivid nightmares. I think the testosterone link is based on free T levels and healthy sleep cycles, not the hormone itself.
  • zenmonkie

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    Mar 04, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    I was taking it until my dreams started manifesting in reality. Yeah not fun.
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    Mar 04, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    Melatonin does work, yes, but it's also very important that when you take it that you don't continue to exposure your vision to any degree of light, or else the effects will not be felt. Use a blindfold at night when you sleep so your melatonin can work effectively.
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    Mar 04, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    There's an author named Eric Braverman who writes about brain chemistry and neurotransmitters, and what foods help boost them to the right levels. If you're interested you might want to Google him or hunt down his books at the library.
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    Mar 04, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    I'm an insomniac and usually won't go to bed before 3am. I've been taking melatonin for the last couple of weeks and it lets me get to bed around 11pm. Works great. But you should take it on a full stomach.
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    Mar 04, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    Scotticus saidMelatonin does work, yes, but it's also very important that when you take it that you don't continue to exposure your vision to any degree of light, or else the effects will not be felt. Use a blindfold at night when you sleep so your melatonin can work effectively.

    Agree, and as stated above, keep it to a regular sleep schedule. If you take it and aren't prepared to sleep, procrastinate on the computer, etc., you will pass the window of effectiveness.

    I think being disciplined to a regular sleep schedule and winding down towards bedtime, dimming the lights and removing stimuli in advance would solve a lot of people's sleep problems. You can't workout at night, be jacked on supplements and staring at a bright screen until 2am and then expect to fall into a good quality sleep the moment you decide to turn things off... but it's hard to put into practice, and I rarely manage to get into a good schedule.
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    Mar 04, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    zenmonkie saidI was taking it until my dreams started manifesting in reality. Yeah not fun.


    Lol. I took it regularly for a while... never made the connection between the deja vu and medicine. I used to have those kind of dreams all the time. They were the only ones I could even remember.

  • Mar 04, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    melatonin doesn't directly boost testosterone, but because it may induce deeper sleep, it increases testosterone production, which is high during sleeping. i say may because melatonin, just like any other supplement, doesn't work on everyone. i highly recommend trying bullet proof by muscle pharm. it's a nighttime supplement, which helps you sleep deeper and produce greater testosterone levels from zma, gaba, etc. this is more geared toward bodybuilders and their requirements, whereas melatonin is a good supplement for the average person needing a good night sleep.
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    Mar 04, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    i take it and it helps me sleep, i used to lie in bed all night trying to fall asleep but couldnt, now im out like an hour or so after i take it
  • vbportugal

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    Mar 04, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    I used to take Melatonin and it definitely worked for sleeping. It actually worked too well and I would end up falling asleep in lectures when I never used to fall asleep in them before. Had to stop taking it after a couple of weeks.
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    Mar 04, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    It helped me sleep better, but it may have also caused a mild hallucination. It was right when I woke up. It was more like a waking dream. I stopped taking it.
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    Mar 04, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    I've been using melatonin for the past year. It's definitely helped regulate my sleep cycle, and I'd have to second that comment about a low/no-light sleep environment.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Mar 04, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
    this is the one I take and its sublingual and works quite nicely. I am actually ordering more today
    it has a hint of chamomile to relax you more
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  • kevjo

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    Mar 04, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    I've had trouble sleeping for many years. I started taking Melatonin about a month ago and I've really noticed a huge difference. I take half a pill though. I found a whole one made me too groggy in the morning.
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    Mar 04, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    word of advice: don't fuck with your endocrinology. it's a delicate balancing act. it also is a dopamine antagonist.

    i've read that it actually suppresses your testosterone levels by stimulating prolactin.
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    Mar 04, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    LaughingHieroglyphic saidmelatonin doesn't directly boost testosterone, but because it may induce deeper sleep, it increases testosterone production, which is high during sleeping. i say may because melatonin, just like any other supplement, doesn't work on everyone. i highly recommend trying bullet proof by muscle pharm. it's a nighttime supplement, which helps you sleep deeper and produce greater testosterone levels from zma, gaba, etc. this is more geared toward bodybuilders and their requirements, whereas melatonin is a good supplement for the average person needing a good night sleep.


    I've been using ZMA for a couple of months now and it has really helped me. I sleep much deeper and my workouts have improved. Great dreams with it too.