Alternatives to Melatonin?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jacob83, Sep 11, 2016.

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    1. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      I don't have a problem falling asleep, I have a problem staying asleep and melatonin works great for that for me. The problem is melatonin gives me vivid nightmares without fail.

      Any suggestions? No benzos please.
       
    2. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Phenergan (promethazine), mirtazapine (Remeron). I do take a temazepan once a week also.
       
    3. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise..no idea.. unicorns?
      Valerian Root
      Agar 35
      Magnolia Bark
       
    4. undecided
      Fine

      undecided Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown.
      - Valdoxan (a melatonin receptor agonist, not melatonin in itself).
      - Passion flower.
       
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    5. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
    6. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      thanks for the suggestions :)
       
    7. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Hey, can I ask how much melatonin you were taking?
       
    8. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      5 mg. I've taken it on and off throughout the years and it's always the same effect. Sometimes I wonder if I took it everyday the vivid dreams would subside, but I don't want to try and find out.
       
    9. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I think 5 mg is way too much.... you might want to try .5mg and if that doesn't work maybe try 1mg. I wouldn't take it everyday though. It is possible that the dose is too high and that is why you are having very vivid dreams.

      Sometimes I will take .5mg to .75 mg and I have no vivid dreams but it usually helps me get to sleep.
       
    10. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      an alternative to consider is learning how to lucid dream and tackling this that way. I've learned to mostly enjoy melatonin nightmares. In fact, vivid dreams are the main reason I still take it sometimes...
       
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    11. Tamalak
      Volatile

      Tamalak Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/2011
      Vivid nightmares every time? I'm jealous. Love all intense dreams, even scary ones.
       
    12. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      I'm trying chamomile tea tonight. Hope it works.

      @linearb, I've pulled off a lucid dream once with melatonin and it was pretty fun. The dream that inspired this thread was pretty close to a lucid dream and may borderline have been. I won't write the whole story, but in the end I was drowning in a flipped bus in a lake, and when the water was up to my neck my last words were, "Ok, wake up!" and there I was laying terrifed in bed.
       
    13. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      I have very vivid dreams on the stuff. 3mg nightly. I don't mind it at all.

      Try half a Benadryl (25mg). It's much more boring but worse hangover
       
    14. Jacob83

      Jacob83 Member

      Location:
      Wisconsin
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud headphones
      Just wanted to post an update that I've had success with chamomile tea. Tastes great, too, especially with a splash of honey. I should have tried drinking it years ago.

      The bright side to those melatonin nightmares at least is that tinnitus doesn't exist in dreams. So even in the worst nightmare, you get to experience the silence again. Pretty cool, but I'll stay away...
       

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