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By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
October 20, 2021
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Melatonin  

Melatonin is a hormone that the body produces normally. Because its production is stimulated by darkness and reduced by light conditions, it has been studied as a part of and contributor to an individual's sleep cycle. Melatonin has become one of the most used supplements on the market and can provide many benefits. Consulting with a sleep doctor like Dr. Richard Bogan, Dr. Laura Herpel, Dr. McLain, or Dr. Melissa Hummel at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, can help you understand melatonin and review whether this supplement is a good option for you.

When Melatonin is a Good Choice

As a natural hormone, melatonin is able to facilitate the transition from being awake to sleep. In certain conditions or as some people age, supplementing the natural levels of melatonin can help sleep practices. If someone is experiencing changes like those that can happen while traveling or with adjustments in day-to-day sleep schedules, melatonin can help individuals fall asleep more easily. 

There has not been sufficient data to determine the success of melatonin in helping with long-term sleep conditions, like insomnia or other difficulties related to misaligned circadian rhythms. Understanding the underlying cause of any sleep difficulties that you are having should be the basis for any course of treatment, including supplements. By discussing your sleep issues with the sleep doctors at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, you can explore different options and determine if melatonin might help you sleep.

Choosing Melatonin

As a supplement, melatonin is not regulated in the same way that pharmaceuticals are. You should only buy supplements from reputable sources, and be cautious about supplements that use melatonin as part of a sleep aid containing numerous ingredients. There is not currently sufficient research available on the interactions between melatonin and other supplements. 

You should also speak to your physician or sleep doctor about the proper dosage of melatonin to take for your body weight. Melatonin is available in tablets measured in milligrams (mg), and a 3 mg dose is typically sufficient for an adult. There has been an increased interest in melatonin as a sleep aid for children. While there are anecdotal stories of melatonin producing better sleep for children, there is no research on this subject. 

While there are no known serious side effects associated with melatonin, involving your sleep doctor is important. Contact Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, with any sleep concerns, and let Dr. Bogan, Dr. Herpel, Dr. McLain, or Dr. Hummel determine if melatonin is right for you. Call (803) 251-3093 to schedule an appointment today and take steps toward a better night's sleep.

By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
October 20, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders

Should I Take Melatonin for My Sleeping Problems?

Melatonin supplements can seem like the most natural solution to your sleep problems. But before you decide to take on any treatment on your own you should learn more about it, and preferably get in contact with a specialist on sleep. Such as Dr. Richard Bogan of the practice, Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC.

What Is Melatonin?

Melatonin occurs naturally in your body.

In the middle of your brain, a small gland controls the release of it into your bloodstream. It is typically activated by the coming of night.

During this time, the melatonin coursing through your body reduces your alertness, making sleep an easier task. In the daytime, melatonin is barely present.

So it can appear to correlate that melatonin can alleviate some sleeping problems.

Does It Help?

People who work night shifts, and those suffering from jet lag have shown positive results from melatonin supplements.

Some who suffer from insomnia have also reported improvement to their sleep. But the results from most studies on the subject have shown no benefit against the placebo.

The most common concern is that in America the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not treat melatonin supplements as a drug. So the advertised dosage may not always be accurate.

Too much melatonin in your system could have adverse effects on your biological clock.

So it's advisable that you consult with your doctor before resorting to melatonin on your own. As with all supplements you need to know that it will not conflict with your prescriptions or if you'll have an allergic reaction.

It is also not recommended for older people or pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there isn't enough research about the effects in these cases.

Treatment for Sleep Problems in Columbia, SC

A good night of sleep is critical to your day, to your life. Don't suffer one more night, make an appointment with Dr. Bogan of Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, by dialing (803) 251-3093.