1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Melatonin Supplements

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Cloud Surfer, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. Cloud Surfer

    Cloud Surfer Slinger of the Gear

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    Messages:
    751
    Likes Received:
    476
    I've been having some insomnia in hotels lately which I want to get rid of ASAP or at least reduce so that it won't affect my job performance, sometimes bad enough that I only catch four hours of sleep. No idea why, aside that it happens when I'm wound up from a very long day of flying. Relaxation techniques are only helping marginally, so onto the next best thing. Are they safe to take, though, as in they won't make me too groggy the next morning? Could they cause me to fail a DOT drug test? It isn't so much the melatonin that I fear but whatever else could be secretly included in them. Never tried them before, so pardon all the layman questions. Thanks for any input that you all could give.
     
  2. deadstick

    deadstick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2007
    Messages:
    3,445
    Likes Received:
    1,818
    My flight doc recommended it to me. IIRC 5mg is the dose and it's OTC. It takes about 30 min to work for me, and I have to stay relaxed. I can't watch election stuff. ;)
     
    Autothrust Blue likes this.
  3. RockyM

    RockyM Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2011
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    31
    If you are mentally relaxed, just 3 mg will put you to sleep in 20 mins, it is a natural suplement since the body itself produces melatonin while sleeping, I use it but i always Keep in mind 2 things, I allow myself at least 7/8 hours of sleep when taking it, less than that is going to be hard to wake up and I could feel a little tired until a couple of hours after wake up if I just had, lets say 5 hs or so. And second, it gives me some really tough nightmares, this happens to me but not necessarily to everybody. I heard/ read, that you are not supposed to have any problems with drug test, but I'm not a doctor so take it just as that.
     
  4. trafficinsight

    trafficinsight Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2007
    Messages:
    4,683
    Likes Received:
    2,464
    Try it at home first by the way, half a pill works great for me, but the whole pill makes my head mushy for hours.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
     
  5. deadstick

    deadstick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2007
    Messages:
    3,445
    Likes Received:
    1,818
    Try it for a few sleep cycles. As you can tell, everybody has different experiences.
     
  6. gotWXdagain

    gotWXdagain Highly Visible Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Messages:
    3,213
    Likes Received:
    2,610
    I'm usually good at 1mg if I need it at all. Any more and I have really hard wake/sleep cycles during the night
     
  7. Cloud Surfer

    Cloud Surfer Slinger of the Gear

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    Messages:
    751
    Likes Received:
    476
    I tried it out last night...through a 2 mg pill. They are rather effective.
     
  8. juxtapilot

    juxtapilot #TheResistance

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2007
    Messages:
    5,046
    Likes Received:
    1,386
    Sometimes less is more. I take 500 mcg occasionally, and it assists in getting to sleep and I don't feel groggy the next morning. I used to take 3mg, but would wake up the next day feeling terrible.
     
  9. AAPalmTree

    AAPalmTree Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2014
    Messages:
    1,343
    Likes Received:
    2,369
    I must be weird. I take it 1.5-2 hours before I need to sleep. Works great for me if I'm taking it every once in while. I was flying a lot of redeyes one month and it stopped working when I was taking it on a regular basis.
     
  10. guywhoflies

    guywhoflies Y'NO WUT IM SAYIN

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    919
    Likes Received:
    249
    I had a FA take two 5mg tablets even though the CA and I were telling her not to take that much. She got in the van the next day and decided it was the CA's fault for giving her two tablets. She told us how she took them and about 30 minutes later the room was spinning and when she finally got to sleep she had bad nightmares. She was a bit on the weird side, though.
     
  11. Lunchbox

    Lunchbox Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    544
    Likes Received:
    104
    It's just a supplement, also found in milk which is why some people drink it before bed. The body also produces it naturally. It's just more convenient and concentrated to take it as supplement pill vs drinking milk.
     

Share This Page