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How To Take Melatonin

How to use Melatonin Pills for Insomnia and Jet Lag in Children and Adults.

If you need to know how to take melatonin, you are on the right page. I will be talking about melatonin dosage, but if you need more information you may check my melatonin dose page.

There is no standard melatonin dosage, because melatonin is classified as a dietary supplement and not a drug. Melatonin dosage differs from person to person, and most adults need a dosage of about 0.3 to 5 mg to get a good night sleep. Children on the other hand require less dosage. Check my page on melatonin and children.

Melatonin pills contain about 10-20 times what the normal melatonin rate in the body is. This is simply because melatonin supplements are manufactured to help raise the melatonin levels in the body so as to induce sleep.

Here is my guide on how to take melatonin.

Melatonin for Insomnia.

  1. Wait 1 hr before sleep, before taking melatonin, this will allow the drug to begin to take effect about the same time you are ready to go to bed.
  2. The typical dosage for insomnia is 1mg. You can take higher doses but may experience the side effects of taking melatonin, it’s best to avoid an overdose.
  3. If you choose to take higher doses, start with small doses, then work your way upward. Like I said earlier it is wise to avoid melatonin overdose, but since it’s a supplement, there is really no fear of taking too much melatonin.
  4. Liquid melatonin is best for insomnia, especially if you hate to swallow pills.
  5. If you find yourself waking up at night, do not take additional melatonin as this will only make you groggy in the morning. Try to relax your mind by reading a book or humming a song, this should knock you out again. The next day, increase your melatonin dosage for better results.
  6.  Also be careful of melatonin drug interactions. If you are on a sleeping pill of any kind or any other drug, seek your doctor’s consent before using melatonin supplement as the result could be very lethal.


Melatonin for Jet Lag.
Melatonin can also be used to cure jet lag. It can reset your body’s clock to the new time zone. Check this page for all the information on melatonin and Jet Lag.

Melatonin for Depression.
Yes, melatonin is also used to treat depression. Melatonin induces sleep, so it is adopted by health practitioners in the treatment of depression. If you are taking melatonin for depression, your dosage should be very low, because people with depression are very prone to the side effects of taking melatonin. The dosage is 0.125 twice late in the afternoon, and 4 hours apart.

Melatonin for Sarcoidosis.
Melatonin should only be used to treat Sarcoidosis strictly under a Doctor’s supervision. The typical dosage is 20mg per day for 5-12 months.

Melatonin for Children.
Liquid Melatonin is great for kids. The effect is faster than pills as it is assimilated into the blood stream quickly. For more information on melatonin and children dosage check my melatonin and children page.

For further information on how to take melatonin or other information on melatonin supplements check my melatonin supplements page.