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Effects of Melatonin and Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

Circadian rhythm sleep disorder can be caused by a lot of different factors, and one common cause of circadian rhythm sleep disorder is deficiency of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain that helps in regulating the normal circadian rhythm for the sleep and wake cycle. Synthetic form of the hormone melatonin can be bought in most pharmacies and even groceries, to help the body in regulating the circadian rhythm back to normal when it is disrupted. However, if melatonin is taken the wrong way, it can cause some adverse effects. It is very important to consult your doctor or any medical professionals before taking melatonin to prevent potentially life-threatening adverse effects.

Melatonin Neurological Effects

Melatonin Supplements

Since melatonin is usually taken to help in regulating the normal sleep-wake cycle, it can help in inducing sleepiness at night. However, when melatonin is taken at the wrong time of the day and/or taken in large doses, it can cause excessive drowsiness and fatigue during the day. Disoriented, confused, and dizzy are also common possible effects when taking melatonin supplements. The recommended dose for an adult person when taking melatonin supplements is 5mg/day.

Melatonin Effects: Dreaming and Sleep Walking

Two uncommon effect of taking melatonin supplements are wild dreams or nightmares and sleep walking.  The exact cause why melatonin causes a person to have nightmares and sleep walk at night are unknown. If you are taking melatonin supplements, there will be nothing wrong if you take precautionary measures and safety measures while you are sleeping. Or you can tell and explain to other people who sleep in the same room with you about your possible nightmares and sleep walking, due to your melatonin supplements intake.

Melatonin Effects: Hypertension and Diabetes

If you have known medical conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes mellitus (high blood glucose levels), seizure disorders, and depression, you should think twice about taking melatonin supplements. Melatonin can just worsen your current condition. In hypertension, melatonin can possible cause a rise of your blood pressure, in diabetes, melatonin can cause to further increase blood glucose levels, and in seizure disorders and depression, taking melatonin supplements can worsen symptoms. In talking with your doctor about taking melatonin supplements, you have to tell your doctor all about your present condition, and whether you have any medical conditions that can get affected or can cause negative interactions with melatonin supplements.