Dr Oz: The Truth About Melatonin
Are you one of the millions of Americans who rely on Melatonin as a sleep supplement? If so, this episode had some shocking news you’ll want to hear. Did you know that Melatonin could actually be doing more harm than good? Learn about the Melatonin side effects that have Dr Oz so concerned.
What Is Melatonin?
You can find Melatonin over the counter, and it is not habit-forming like some prescription sleeping pills. It is a hormone naturally produced by the body that signals it’s time for bed. But Dr Oz said this supplement could actually be having the opposite of the effect you’d hoped.
Dr Michael Breus returned as Dr Oz’s guest to reveal what has him so concerned about Melatonin. He said that he tells his patients it’s not a sleeping pill, and those who are taking it are typically taking an incorrect dosage.
“People don’t understand. This is not the type of thing that people should be taking if they can’t fall asleep, if they’re stressed out,” he said. “That’s not what Melatonin does.”
Dr Oz: Melatonin Dangers
How does Melatonin hurt your sleep? If you take it right before bedtime, it’s not going to take effect immediately. If you take another one or continue taking it throughout the night, you are getting an overdose and causing other unintended side effects.
Despite the successful marketing efforts, Dr Breus insisted that Melatonin is not a sleep aid, but a sleep regulator. He said it tricks the body into thinking that it’s nighttime.
Dr Oz: Melatonin Side Effects
April is a viewer who has struggled with sleeping issues for years. Her body is tired, but she can’t turn off her brain. She eventually started taking Melatonin. At first, she was able to sleep through the night. But very soon, she was waking up in the night and would take additional pills.
“Since I had read that it was safe, I felt like I could add a third pill,” she said. This led to nightmares of being chased and other vivid dreams. Then in the morning, she would feel hung over.
As she joined the doctors, April said she is desperate for a solution and thought she had found a safe, natural fix. Dr Oz said you have to make sure you are doing diligent homework on supplements like Melatonin.
Dr Oz: Melatonin Hangover Symptoms
April said she coined the phrase Melatonin Hangover because the morning after reminds her of wild partying in her 20s (you go, girl). She reported a headache and foggy brain. Her daughter notes that she is moody, and April said she has trouble getting out of bed. Looking back, April feels like she did the right thing taking Melatonin to battle her sleeplessness and anxiety.
Dr Oz: Melatonin Causes Dizziness
Dr Michael Breus told April she isn’t alone. The studio was full of women who have also tried taking Melatonin. He said common side effects of Melatonin include “dizziness, nausea, [and] irritability the next day.” Has this ever happened to you?
He said it’s understandable that people turn to Melatonin when they don’t know what else to do about their sleep problems. Dr Oz explained that if you take Melatonin around 11 p.m., you might wake up by 2 a.m. and end up taking another pill. By 6 a.m., you can’t get out of bed.
That’s because the hormone is keeping your body asleep, and you have to fight that to get awake and get going. Dr Oz said the symptoms are explained by the effects of the supplement. He said that he thinks many doctors don’t realize what Melatonin could be doing to your body’s sleep patterns.