(03-22-2015 12:07 PM)GrammaBear Wrote: It seems like I've had difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep for a very long time. A few years ago I mentioned my insomnia to the Nurse Practitioner I was seeing at the time, and she said "You can try it if you want, but don't take anymore than 9 mg at any given time." I did try the Melatonin starting at a lower dose and increasing it to 5 and then to 8 mg.
Melatonin is a natural hormone we produce ourselves. The theory behind taking it is to kickstart our own production of it. It also helps to reset our internal clocks which is why it is great for jet lag. So the idea is to just take it for a certain amount of time then allow the body to produce it on its own.
The list of reasons to take it is quite long. The Mayo Clinic page lists 59 of them (over age of 18) ranging from cancer patients to Alzheimer patients to sleep disorders to adults with autism. As a hormone, a lot of different systems rely on it. But the highest time frame I could find just by glancing through was 2 yrs and it was not related to sleep.