Melatonin - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Melatonin. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Melatonin and Daytime Use

Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 09/29/2021
5 out of 5 stars

One of the concerns that people have with using Melatonin 4 times a day for covid or other viruses is that, because Melatonin is used to help with sleep it is presumed to make you too tired during the day. I will share some of my personal experiences with that.

When we had covid back in January we all used high dose Melatonin (thanks to Art who kept us informed about the protocol! ) I used it on everyone in the house - ages 9 to 83, based on weight, as Dr. Neel recommends. We took it 4 times a day.

My 83 year old mother in law with dementia did not know what the pills I gave her were, I just added them with her other meds and supplements. She was not symptomatic of covid, but we were using it to try and prevent covid since others in the home had it. (I think it worked, or at least helped! She never got sick, but did lose her sense of smell.) Anyway, her sleep/wake patterns were no different than when she wasn't taking round the clock melatonin. (She always takes it at night.)

It was hard to tell how it affected those of us who were actually sick. Sick people sleep more.

I take 15-20 mg of melatonin every night to help me with sleep (and it definitely improves my quality of sleep! )

Last summer, an hour after taking my melatonin dose, my daughter-in-law went into labor. I had an hour of sleep but woke up easily and drove an hour and 20 minutes to the birth center where she had the baby. I had no trouble driving and no trouble staying awake all night.

I had the opportunity to repeat the experiment last week. I had taken my 20 mg of melatonin and fallen asleep when my daughter went into labor. I woke up and stayed up the rest of the night with her and was able to see another grandchild born. (What a privilege! )

I cannot know how it affects others. But I can say that melatonin does not make it impossible for at least some people to stay awake after taking a significant dose. Certainly it would be wise to know how such a dose would affect you before driving a long way or using heavy equipment.

~Mama to Many~


Multiple Conditions

Posted by Art (California) on 09/13/2021 1455 posts
5 out of 5 stars

In the above chart, you can see that by age 50, melatonin levels have declined to the level of a newborn which is quite low when compared to the peak seen in childhood. In the following link, there is a chart that you have to scroll down to page 10 to see and it shows how the incidence of Parkinson's Disease (PD) increases with age. Interestingly, the incidence of PD starts to increase noticeably from age 50.

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-01/Prevalence Incidence Report Latest_Public_2.pdf

Seems like an interesting coincidence.

Look at the following chart and notice how Deaths from Covid-19 start to notably increase from age 50 and up.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1191568/reported-deaths-from-covid-by-age-us/

Seems like an interesting coincidence.

Men age 45 or older and women age 55 or older are more likely to have a heart attack than are younger men and women.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/symptoms-causes/syc-20373106

Seems like an interesting coincidence.

Middle age is when diabetes diagnoses really start to spike. An estimated 14% of Americans ages 45 to 64, or 11 million people, are diagnosed with type 2. That's almost five times the rate for those 18 to 44.

https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-link-age

Seems like an interesting coincidence.

Risk increases significantly after age 50, and half of all cancers occur at age 66 and above. According to the National Cancer Institute, one quarter of new cancer diagnoses are in people aged 65 to 74. Refer to the attached chart to see where melatonin levels are at this age range.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4544764/

Seems like an interesting coincidence.

Osteoporosis also starts to become a bigger issue around age 50 when bone stability starts to head south.

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/osteoporosis/osteoporosis-what-you-need-to-know-as-you-age

Seems like an interesting coincidence.

From this link, you can see that stroke starts to noticeably increase from age 50.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/core/lw/2.0/html/tileshop_pmc/tileshop_pmc_inline.html?title=Click on image to zoom&p=PMC3&id=3006180_nihms219089f1.jpg

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3006180/

Seems like an interesting coincidence.

Another interesting coincidence is that melatonin has been shown in studies to help all of these diseases.

Art


Induce Dreaming

Posted by Derek (Ontario, CA) on 03/28/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking Melatonin for 7 months now and originally started to have vivid dreams and now my dreams are much more gentle but amazing nontheless, and great sleep indeed ... I started with a cream of 50mg per night for the first two months then upped the dose to 100mg per night for 4 months then tried the 250mg SR capsules but I was a little woosy in the morning, so I stayed on the 100mg for another month and now I am almost done the bottle when finished then I will try 250mg SR again ...(SR) stands for slow release ;) eventually working up to 400 or 500 mg at this point the pineal opens up and you begin to experience the truth of who we are ;) those who have done the research already know this.