How I Learned To Get The Rest and Sleep That I Need Using Melatonin and Valerian Root. Use Natural Substances For Sleep

Sleep Disorders.

In my life I've never been diagnosed as having an actual sleep disorder. I have had four different medical doctors tell me that I was bi polar though, and involved in all of that was me telling those doctors about having a very hard time throughout my life getting to bed and going to sleep.

When I was young and a student in Kaufman, Texas' public school district, I would lay in bed at night just tossing and turning and being ever so aware that I was still awake, and because I was still awake and not asleep, that I'd likely be having another awful day the next school day. I was generally right about all of that, and recall very few good days as a student in public schools.

Mostly what I recall about my days as a student is sleeping through almost every class, and especially, waking up with a jump in the middle of a class with the students sitting around me laughing because of it all. I also recall the numb arms from the loss of circulation from my head lying on top of them.

Me Sleeping Soundly

That would be ME.
That would be ME.

Continuing Sleep Problems.

After getting out of school I found that my problems hadn't eased up much at all, and had likely increased in intensity. I tried for years and years to instead of fight it by lying in bed when it was obvious that I'd not be sleeping - to just stay awake. I developed a huge caffeine habit, and also would take any herbal or vitamin store energy supplement that I could find.

I was already a nervous wreck long before I'd ever drifted into the use of illegal drugs - but that soon followed. I'll spare you all of those sorts of stories as the subject of this article is not illegal drugs, my personal chemical problems or disorders, or anything of the such - the purpose of this article is to relay how I've learned to sleep with the use of natural or herbal substances, and I do entirely mean Melatonin and Valerian root.

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure here regarding sleep aids, neither Valerian root or Melatonin has been the most effective thing I've taken.The most effective sleep aide I've ever used is an anti psychotic or mood stabilizing drug known as Seroquel, and with it I could easily sleep sixteen hours at a time, and all of it the most restful enjoyable sleep imaginable. I would never in this lifetime recommend that drug to anyone for any reason. It's a serious pharmaceutical, and the Food and Drug Administration is not an honourable organization, and I know of no pharmaceutical corporations that study or practice ethics outside of their aphoristic profit is god, and greed is good.

Another thing I've used in combination with alcohol would be Benadryl. Now the combination of Benadryl and alcohol would help me to get to sleep, but it would not provide for sustained or truly restful sleep. Also, long term use of Benadryl has been proven to have some adverse side effects, and the long term use of alcohol is something that everyone should already know about. It's not a wonderful combination, and I do not recommend it.

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Melatonin - THE Solution To My Sleep Problem

This is a bit of a product article, but it's also the vehicle from which I get to tell my story, and I do only promote products that have done good things for me personally, or someone that I know. I'd heard about Melatonin for years and years, and I've no idea why I'd never checked it out or tried it before I did. The more I think about it the more I just scratch my head and wonder why I didn't.

As it happened my Mother and I were just walking around the CVS here in Kaufman, Texas; and we were there shopping for different things entirely, but when we passed by the supplements and vitamin row, or one of them, I spotted Melatonin on the sale rack, and said something to my Mother about how I would like to try it, and so we bought a bottle of five milligram Melatonin pills of some brand or another, and after the very first night I knew that unless I showed some sort of tolerance build up to the stuff, that I'd made a wonderful discovery that should have been made years and years before then.

Now there's no telling how many days my first bottle of Melatonin sat there next to me where my vitamins and such sit before I tried any of it. I'd not say that my anxiety issues have waned any over the course of the years, but as I am now - all that I do, really, is write these web pages, and so my life is mostly low stress. When I finally did decide that one night I should try the stuff and then did so, I couldn't help but notice how fast it worked. The first night was a test run and I didn't know how it was going to go, but within thirty minutes of swallowing two five milligram tablets of Melatonin I could well tell that I was about to sleep. I did sleep, and the next morning I woke up feeling slightly better than I normally do in the mornings, and as moody as I've always been - the whole test run experience really got my attention.

Listen, I've not had a bad life or anything; I'm just a person who's got pretty bad mood problems. I've got a huge long grocery list of anti psychotics and anti depressants that I've taken in the past, and just to the right of here you'll find where you can peruse that list, and see a little bit of a discussion on how I felt about those meds. Me waking up and feeling rested and positive isn't the way that I've normally faced the mornings of my life. I'm not saying that I've had a horrible life, but only that I've normally woke up feeling awful and in a very negative mood. The Melatonin after continuing on with it made a real difference for me, and not just with me getting to bed and sleeping throughout the night either, the stuff just made me feel better all the way around the course of a day.

Someone told me,

"Dude, nobody who takes Melatonin ever speaks badly of it, there are only good experiences and positive tales told."

I really can't endorse the statement above, as I'm not nobody or everybody - but I'm going to list here some of the additional things that Melatonin has been said to do positive in people's lives.

1. Melatonin reduces delirium in elderly persons

2. Melatonin helps with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - and I think that any decent Medical Doctor would have diagnosed me as such instead of the too typical bi polar.

3, Melatonin increases fertility in some women.

4. There's almost no lethal dose of Melatonin.

5. Melatonin is said to aid persons who suffer from migraine headaches.

6. Melatonin treats mood disorders including but not limited to seasonal affective disorder

7. Melatonin aids in the passage of gall stones.

8. Melatonin speeds up the metabolism aiding the fight against obesity

9. Melatonin protects against radiation.

10. Melatonin is beneficial in the treatment of tinnitus.


Look, I realize this sounds too good to be all true, I got it from Wikipedia, and you can verify it from links there. I'm just saying that Melatonin has made my life better, and that just maybe it would make your life better in some way or another too.

How much do I take? I take ten milligrams. I might actually be taking more than I need. I'm just used to needing bigger doses of most things than other people do to feel affected by them. I've seen three milligram pills available, and five milligram pills available. I just went for the ten milligram doses because I know me enough to know that when I'm wide awake, I'm typically more awake than the next guy is.

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Valerian Root

Now listen, Melatonin is just wonderful for me, but I'm not everyone, and Melatonin might not be the thing for you. I seriously suggest that you try it though, and if it proves to not do the deal that you're looking for, then try something else.

I suggest that if Melatonin doesn't work for you, that you then try Valerian root, or maybe both Melatonin and Valerian root. Hey, shoot me, or whatever, I mix stuff sometimes, and you're not going to find that a sane mixture of those two things is unhealthy if you are a normal person in reasonable health. I'm no medical doctor, and if you have questions about this stuff, and have had bad experiences in the past with over the counter natural substances...then by all means, go pay your money or whatever and ask a physician. Not me, I don't roll like that. I have no problems other than those I've already told you about, but I know that most folks aren't like me.

Valerian is just a common flower, really, and you folks, I hope you realize that any time a rogue government such as the US government isn't making something like naturally growing plants illegal to own - it's practically a blessing. It's certainly not something to laugh about or take for granted.

Valerian has a historical use as a sedative, anticonvulsant, migraine treatment and pain reliever, and Valerian is used for insomnia and other disorders as an alternative to benzodiazepine drugs, and as a sedative for nervous tension, hysteria, excitability, stress and intestinal colic or cramps. It's good stuff, but it smells like dirty socks, seriously.

Valerian root is also thought to treat epilepsy, as is another mood stabilizer of the big pharma persuasion, valporic acid, an analogue of one of valerian's constituents, valeric acid.

Neither Valerian root nor Melatonin is thought to lose it's effectiveness over time - this isn't cocaine or opium we're dealing with, there is no tolerance or dependency.

I do not want to say that either of these substances could not have side effects. I'm saying that I suffer none from either, and that complaints such as drowsiness concerning either of these make me wretch, if this stuff makes you drowsy the next day, then I'm calling you out - you didn't need a sleep aide to begin with, and you're complaining like a little child.

Thanks for reading, and I hope something here has been helpful or healthful for you.

The Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping.

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great, indepth hub. I always slept well until my daughter was born. She slept an hour at a time for her first year and a half and I haven't slept right since. I take melatonin and it works wonders. I didn't realize it had all the other benefits. Great information!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very much Tammy!!!! You read the thing before I edited some pretty glaring errors!!!!

I have no idea why I do that...I hit "publish," and then look for mistakes, LOL!

I had no idea the stuff had such a terrific list of positives either...I just thought it was stuff to help one sleep!


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Some great information there Wesman. You present it in such a real and unfussy manner as well. I don't have any great sleep problems myself, but people who do should read your article before getting all the manufactured pharmaceuticals.


Angela P 5 years ago

Todd, I've used Melatonin for sleep since I established the "accepted" pharmaceuticals were giving me the side effect of sleep-walking (and other things, cooking, eating, phone calls, posting on Facebook, and literally who knows what else) I had no memory of any of these activities the next day, and they were losing their effectiveness over time. I develop tolerances to things VERY quickly, but I've not developed a tolerance to Melatonin. It was actually my psychiatrist who recommended it to me, when I reported that the NEXT sleep med I'd tried was doing the same thing to me as the others. I've had no "too heavy" sleep, and if I wake up in the middle of the night (a nightly event for me) I do what I gotta do (usually a pit stop and a cigarette) then it's back to sleep. I also don't wake up with the "hangover" you can get with some pharmaceuticals. The only side effect I get, and I understand from other Melatonin users that it's very common, is bizarre, vivid dreams. They're not nightmares, in fact, they're not even mildly disturbing; they're just BIZARRE. I've not tried Valerian Root yet, because the Melatonin does the job, but thanks for the tip about the smell. I've tried a couple of different brands, and they all work, but the fastest-acting, most effective ones I've found have been the ones that you dissolve in your mouth, rather than the pills that you simply swallow. Just my experience, though.

p.s. You needed a shave. :-)


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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

This is a very informative hub. Glad you shared it. I am not a good pill taker but may have to try this.


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algarveview 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hello, Wesman, I know just what you mean, I have the same problem, always had, tossing and turning and tossing and turning, it's complete despair sometimes and I also use valerian root (though not always), but I had never heard of melatonin. Very interesting.


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

I first discovered Melatonin when I used it for jet lag and have since used it on the rare occasions when I can't sleep...it always works for me and thanks for that list of positive side effects-- who knew? I've never tried valerian root but found the information interesting. Excellent hub. Voted up up up


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I use Valerian Root when needed and it works great, have for many years...I believe there are many God given plants that work...and also most times the chemical drugs began the same way...there was some base to it...don't make 'em well, make 'em sicker so we can make MONEY...

:O) Hugs G-Ma


Evelyn Anne 5 years ago

Great Hub and very interesting. Just the smell of Valerian Root in capsule form, still in the bottle is stinky! I am happy you are getting much better sleep these days since you've tried Melatonin. I have friends who report good results from it. I'm always in a sorry mood whenever I miss my ZZZs too. It is good to know that you have found something that we can all find useful in our lifes! Thank you for sharing. Cute picture of you!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks very much, CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I do try to focus on ...honesty, or something - in an "everyman" sort of way...when not cracking jokes or being forced to tell someone how I really feel! LOL!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Angela, bring on those dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wish I had some of those! Whatever works just works, and there's no need to every mess with something that's working great!!!

Cheers!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

mljdgulley354 - thank you! I'm not either, but with the results that I've had, I sure remember to take my Melatonin!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks algarveview!!!! I'd definitely suggest that you give it a try sometime then. It certainly couldn't hurt, and you might like it better.

I prefer Melatonin to Valerian any day - but I like to keep both of them on hand.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey thanks robie2!!!!!!!! I'm going to take the stuff every night whether I need it or not. I think of it as insurance, and there's nothing more valuable to anyone than their own health is, right? At least nothing that can be "owned."


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

G-Ma Johnson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!

I know that's right, we're probably "lucky" in this current world that things like this are still legal at all. Seeing as how the oligarchs want to shut down the entire human brain, if and whenever possible!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Evelyn Anne - I know that's right! The stuff stays IN the bottle until it's time to take it!!!!


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Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania

Hi there,

Loved this hub for twp reasons, I discovered Melatonin about 12mths ago ,well actually my father in law suggested it (so I guess I didn't discover it-lol) but wow, Mel and me bonded instantly. Seriously though,I am ok getting to sleep,but not staying asleep and like you highlight in your hub its such a waste of a good day when your minds 'just not in it' or my mind would just close down around 3-4pm.

I use Mel less and less these days ,but when I do its all good!!

(Of course the Docs wont recommend the stuff ,because they are paid by the big pharmacutical companes) greedy fat cats..lol to push the other zombie soul stealing crap)

Thanks so much for the great read.


kelleyward 5 years ago

I have sleep problems ever since becoming a mom. I wake up several times throughout the night. I've tried melatonin but it didn't work for me. I use holy basil during the day to help calm my anxiety. I know what you mean about how the lack of sleep often leads to anxiety and other issues. Thanks!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

THANK YOU VERY MUCH Eaglekiwi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gosh, I'm just going to take the stuff so long as I can get it - it seems to have too many positive qualities for me to NOT take it.

You're sure right about Doctors, and you know it!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hi there kelleyward!!!!!!!!! Tell us more about holy basil!!!!!!!!!

I've never heard of that, but it sure sounds interesting!!


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

Glad I checked this hub out! I have a hard time getting some shut eye some times. I had this period last year where I wasn't sleeping for a few weeks and it was a very bad time health wise.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Elefanza, if you've never tried Melatonin - then I can't recommend it enough for you!!!!

If Melatonin doesn't work, then try Valerian Root, or a combination of the two! Those things surely do the trick for me, and if I were currently employed - there's no way I'd end my evening NOT taking those things.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Good luck on the sleep issue! I have tried both--and melatonin gave me nightmares--so I use Valerian root and love that--


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molometer 4 years ago

Very informative hub Wesman. Voted up interesting and useful.

Melatonin and Valerian root as you say has been around forever. I often wonder now, why so many people still suffer, with poor sleep patterns.

And why more education, on these alternatives are not more readily available.

Why are we always sent down the route of 'the drugs solution' (big money obviously)

I for one will give it a go.

BTW How long have you been using the Melatonin? SHARING


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

My son takes Melatonin and finds it works great for his sleep problems. He has had sleep problems since he was in grade nine. He would always get up in the morning and tell me how he didn't get any sleep, and I suggested he try Melatonin.

Great informative article!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wes....in 1995, while researching for factual info UNrelated to sleep-aids, I purchased an invaluable book, "The Melatonin Miracle." Drs. Walter Pierpaoli, William Regelson & writer, Carol Colman.

What you stumbled upon inadvertently, was a great discovery for your particular need at the time. The benefits you listed are not even all of them. I refer to Melatonin as one of nature's magic potions.

For 17 years, I have popped a 5mg tablet as I crawl into bed. I purchase 3 bottles at a time so I NEVER run out. One sits on my night stand at all times so I also never forget. If the combo you take works well that's great...like you said, they do no harm, so use what you choose. I do know there's an OTC product,called "Ateril"..which contains the 3 main ingredients, Melatonin, Valerian (which is a base herb in Valium) and L-Tryptophan (an essential amino acid that when absorbed into the body, ultimately converts into a neurotransmitter serotonin. Have never tried it, but am told it is excellent. I'm one who believes in sticking with what has proven itself to me. (yeah, that goes for MEN too, Wes! LOL)

Anyway, you've done a great hub here, all factual and helpful. Melatonin has been known to cause "vivid" dreams....not exactly nightmares, just rather bizarre....nothing that causes alarm. Thanks Wes.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Very informative1! I just started taking Melatonin and is helping me. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!


PWalker281 4 years ago

One miligram of melatonin is all I need to knock me out. If I take 3 mgs, I wake up groggy in the morning. Every once in a while, I'll take 2 mgs (if I've had too much caffeine during the day, i.e., a cup of green tea AND a weak cup of coffee), but 1 mg usually does it.

I've tried valerian root and it knocked me out immediately. But the more I used it the more I had to take to achieve the same effect, so I stopped using it. Everyone reacts differently, so it's a good idea to experiment with dosage to get the amount that works for you.

Excellent hub, very informative and useful. Rated up.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I have had sleeping problems forever. I quit taking the prescribed sleeping pills because of the sleepwalking and the drowsiness the next morning (to the point of driving and falling asleep!) I have just recently been told about melatonin and had thought about trying it...after reading this hub, I have decided that I will buy some the next time I go to the store!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

After reading this I am happy that I don't have a sleeping disorder but I also realize that a lot of people have this. Very informative people should read this hub. Sharing this Hub.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Like you, I've heard of Melatonin but never tried it. I used to sleep like a baby when I was younger but through the years, I developed a sleep disorder and insomnia. Prescription sleeping pills made me drag all morning, so I had to stop taking them. Most of the time, I get up with migraines. I guess they're from tossing and turning all night, and because of the little sleep I get, it disrupts my whole entire day at work (moodwise). I'm going to have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado

Great hub, very thorough, and I am going to give it a shot and pass it along to my husband....Up, interesting and useful!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks very much, AudreyHowitt!!!!

Nightmares are an issue, and I basically did have some of those just last night. There are some solutions to that - but one must be "spiritually inclined" to accept those solutions.

In other words - saying some simple prayers or reading Psalms 91 would work.

If you happen to be an atheist, - disregard, as there's no helping one of those deal with spiritual issues.

Obviously, I don't always manage to take my own advice as I should.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you for the comment, molometer - I'm afraid that you and I both know already why natural remedies aren't much advertised or suggested within the medical community....it's because Big Pharma wishes to control us all, of course.


Deb Welch 4 years ago

Wessman: Voted up - useful and interesting. I just submitted a Hub in a similar vein, Sleep - Precious - Sleep. I use Melatonin - but it does not help completely. Valerian Root if I remember correctly smells and tastes bad. I worked in a Nature Food Centre and a Vitamin World store - in that regard - I learned quite a bit about alternative medicine and products. I had the LP Vinyl of Revolver when it went on sale but someone stole it at a party - great music. Big Beatles' fan. I do not want to take prescription sleeping pills because I am afraid of them. My Hub is a different ballgame than yours. Nice work.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hi Susan!!!!!!!! I only wish that I'd been like your son, and had Melatonin when I was in school.

I do think that part of my problem then might have been that I consumed too much caffeine though.

Molometer - sorry for not answering your question in the last comment. I've been taking Melatonin for just over a month now.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

EFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm very interested in that wonderful combo supplement you've described! That might at least save me some space here in my tiny travel trailer home! I do like the combo of the Valerian and the Melatonin! The other could save me some money on Turkey! LOL!

Like that new picture too!!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks very much, urmilashukla23!!! I don't see how folks could NOT take it after learning about some of the amazing things it does besides just helping someone get their sleep!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks very much, PWalker281 !!!! Wow! Sounds like you're one who's got it pretty easy with the going to sleep thing, but the additional benefits of Melatonin sure make it something to keep in your system!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

justateacher - GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These things are all natural, and the reason you need to take Melatonin anyway is because fluoride in the damned water has calcified everyone's pineal gland....stunting the body's NATURAL production of melatonin!

Big Pharma wants you on pills - So far as we are all able, we should NOT support the pharmaceutical industry.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks very much, cebutouristspot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heck, I'm happy for you that you don't have a sleeping disorder!!!

We're all individuals though, and something as simple as sleep might be a huge problem for me - but something that is simple for me is likely to be someone else's huge problem.

The best things we can do in life is try to provide solutions for people who we can identify as having problems that we've got a hold on ourselves!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Faithful Daughter - sorry to hear about your developed problems, but I sure recommend these supplements here, and hope that they'll work for you as they have for me!!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks very much, SimpleGiftsofLove!!!!!!!!!!! I sure recommend it, and hope that it works for you and yours as well!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks very much, Deb Welch!!!

Yes, Valerian does smell pretty bad - but after it's swallowed, it's all but a memory.

I'm disappointed that my Beatles tune won't play on this site, if I can find another one, then I'll switch it out. I like to have the music playing here, gosh darn it!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Very helpful hub - I've had sleep issues all my life, and I can relate to how important it is to find effective (but non-addictive) solutions. Voted up and useful.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Marcy, this stuff is so good to me that I can't understand how or why I hadn't tried it before!!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I have no words to tell you how grateful I am for this hub. I am so sick and tired of my sleeping disorder - and being a zombie in office - I am going to get myself a bottle of Melatonin first thing in the morning. Thanks, Wesman Todd Shaw!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

MartieCoetser - it's AWESOME STUFF!!! I should tell you, however, that I take both melatonin AND Valerian root when I decide it's time to rest!!!! The combo of the two is even better than just the one.


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Elefanza 4 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

OKAY Mr. Wise Tod Wesman!!!! I admit that I read this story a long time ago and decided that it would be a VERY good idea to buy these things. But alas, I have NOT done it because I excel at procrastination AND sleep wasn't a big deal for me. But now, dude, I value sleep! By the way, have you been to any bookstores lately? What books are you reading right now?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Purty Lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You should totally purchase some Melatonin....it is something I regret not having tried ten or twenty years before I did.

Literally, I think the stuff has improved the quality of my life....no, it isn't so spectacular as it sounds...but truly, I just feel BETTER in the mornings after waking up now than I did before I started taking the stuff.

Hey, I'm not joking....I just re read The Hobbit, and I'm going to re read The Silmarillion.

Also, I absolutely LOVELOVELOVE Preston and Child novels...they are terrific fun, very exciting, and somewhat scientific....so I'm going to read, and have already purchased the newest one "Cold Vengeance."


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Elefanza 4 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

That is AWESOME!!! I actually just purchased melatonin and I'm already in love with that stuff!!! Why didn't I listen sooner?

I may have to re read the Hobbit again soon since the movie is coming out. Have you read the Annotated Hobbit? You learn so much through that. Especially about the language and everything. I haven't read much of anything for a while as life has been kind of hectic lately.

Have you ever read any westerns? I found out about spaghetti westerns not too long ago and just about keeled over from laughing so hard. Have you ever seen Firefly? I adore that show!!!

What are the Preston and Child novels about? Have you been to any bookstores lately?

ALSO, I know two very fine ladies living in Texas and they LOVE it.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Damn.

I don't know how I missed this comment, Elefanza, but I did.

I''d like to read Annotated Tolkien stuffs - but virtually every major Tolkien character has a pretty nice Wikipedia page

I'm not a big Western novel guy....I think living in Texas takes the cool out of all that for me. I've read a few Louis La'Mour books that I thought were pretty good though - and surprisingly to me, not all of them are Westerns.

I'd thought that guy did nothing BUT Westerns.

Preston and Child....are typically....a pretty good mixture of murder mystery, fantasy, and sci fi.

What is great about Preston and Child novels is that there are a LOT of major characters that you wind up "getting to know" really well.

They have their own "superhero" guy - but all the other major characters all wind up being pretty special in the end :)


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I think I would like to try this!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Efficient Admin, I really think you should! I just tried the stuff on a whim...and it has absolutely made a real difference in my health and well being...and you won't hear me say that about much of any other thing one can purchase.

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