Hi! Its Parris from EpicReviews the health channel, and I want to talk to about this little guy today. I just saw on the Dr. Oz Show that they’re disparaging my 2nd most favorite supplement, which is melatonin, and I’ve done some more research on this after seeing the show to see whether that sleep doctor guy they had on the show-his view is the general consensus that you really should be taking very low doses of melatonin or really, you shouldn’t take any at all, that it’s really bad to be taking it if you don’t absolutely need it, and the general consensus seems to be that that’s not how most of the medical community thinks. I’ve read some articles at University of Maryland Medical Center and also at Mayo Clinic online and they do agree that you should take the lowest dose of melatonin that works for you but they don’t say anything about you should be taking a half a milligram and 1 milligram is the absolute limit, you certainly shouldn’t be taking more that. They actually recommend on the University of Maryland site for adults, they recommend starting out with 1 to 3 milligrams 1 hour before bedtime. If after a few weeks, you’re not having the desired effect, you can go up to 5 or 6 milligrams 1 hour before bedtime. So it’s not so terrible according to some other medical sources. Also, the Mayo Clinic listed it as not having a-deemed generally safe, some people are particularly sensitive to it, and so they get vivid nightmares of maybe it can make them groggy but as long as you stay within a reasonable amounts of melatonin and you don’t have a particular susceptibility to it, it certainly helps with the sleep, and really, that’s why people use it. It’s not like there’s an infomercial for stuff that go, “Buy now and you will be sleeping greater.” People it because it works and so they talk to the people in the show and people are upset that they’ve been lied to. But really, the dosing on most containers of melatonin is-I’ve shopped for them a number of times, I’ve taken this for a few years now. Generally, it’s 3 milligrams up to 5, maybe 6 milligrams, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single tablet that contains more than that. I used to take 2-3’s right before going to bed, so I was taking 6 milligrams and I know I’ve read somewhere that 5 is sort of-you want to stay at 5 or below so I changed over to this particular one, it’s the one that I take and it’s 5 milligram dosage and I take that 1-1 of them about an hour before going to bed, and this is Natrol brand. I’ve tried a number of brands so I’m not really particular with-a number of-real favorite with which one, whichever one’s on sale for this. Other medications, well, other supplements, I am brand-loyal and I don’t want to mess around but with the melatonin, I haven’t found that it’s matter which company makes it. If it’s really super cheap, I’ll be a little suspicious but if it’s in the usual price range then I wouldn’t worry too much. So, I got 5 milligram dose here and I agree you shouldn’t take any more than you really need, and so I’m considering-this one, I’m getting low on this bottle that when I go to replace it, maybe I will get to 3 milligram and I’ll if that works for me, if not then I’ll go back up to 5, I’m not going to sweat it particularly. In my case, I attribute the fact that it works for me both to age, the fact that as you get older, you produce less melatonin. In fact, children produce the most melatonin of all and basically, as you get older, you have less and look at the sleeping patterns and habits of people of different-and look at kids, I mean, they just zonk out on the bed laying with arms all open and not in a care in the world kind of sleep, well probably because they don’t have a care in the world. But also, they’ve got tons of this stuff comparatively compared to me in their system and you know, knocks them out, the kids go to sleep 10 hours straight, they don’t even get for the bathroom the entire night, you know, what a life, right? I wish I enjoyed it more then back when that’s how I could sleep, and then as they get older, you don’t have a-generally, you can sleep okay in your 20’s, your 30’s but when you get past 40 and up to 50, it’s harder to go to sleep, it’s harder to stay asleep, and when you wake up during the night to go to the bathroom – which you always have to do at least a couple of times – it’s harder to go back to sleep afterwards. Now, I think the mistake that woman on the Dr. Oz made was, she would take a couple of this before going to bed and then she would take another 1 at 2 am when she woke up, and the reason it was causing her problems when she was, you know, take a 9 is kind of excessive but taking it at 2 am is not good, this stuff really does make you sleepy for about 8 hours and so, you need to take it when you have enough time to get sleep. If you’re taking a second does at 2 am to put you back to sleep and then you’re getting up at 6 am, well of course you’re going to get groggy and foggy until sometime before lunch when the stuff’s finally worn out of your system and they you will go back to being fully awake. So I think she was making her own problem with how she takes the melatonin and it tells you on the bottle to take it before you go to sleep not to take it in the middle of the night, it’s not to help you get back to sleep. So I tried other sleep aids, I tried Tylenol sleep and some other that were just, you know, different colored little tablets and they didn’t work real well for me, I go to sleep but it was a druggy kind of sleep, you know, you wake up during the night and you don’t feel quite right, and you don’t feel in the morning like you really got the kind of sleep you’re supposed-you don’t feel quite right. I would-I’m not much for drinking and I would have wine or a beer kind of-lemonade beer, something like that before going to bed, and it would help to knock me out but again, it’s that druggy feeling. Plus, if you drink in the liquid right before going to bed, well, there’s another time or two you’re going to be up during the night to go to the bathroom. So none of those were good solutions for me and once I tried the melatonin, it’s worked very well. I don’t know, I could possible go off of it and I’ll still be sleeping fine but it’s one of those things and I admit there’s probably some emotional dependence on it because it helped me to sleep well, and so I continue taking it because I expect that I need to take it to sleep well. But I’m going to try the lower does, I’m going to go down to 3 milligrams and see. I don’t know that I’ve seen 1 mg tablets but if I would do fine on 3, I may go down to a lower does but I’m noting to sweat being on the 5 milligrams that I am on now if that’s what it takes. There’s so many health benefits from getting a good night sleep that I think you have to balance that out. This does work for me and I get a good night sleep, 7 hours or so, usually compared to if I- assuming if I don’t take it, I go back to the kind of sleep that I would have before, just 4 to 5 hours a night, up again and again and just feel so exhausted in the morning. That’s really bad for your health. So don’t get melatonin a bad rap even though Dr. Oz has a guy on the show to say that. So the dosing, you should work to find out the lowest dose that you can take that works for you but from what I found on other medical sites and doing research of other people who studied this, they seem to say that melatonin is still a good sleep aid.