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Melatonin naturally occurs in your system, hence it's not a downer or depressant.

answered 11:15 PM EST, Mon June 11, 2012
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Is using melatonin as a sleeping aid OK for someone who is a recovering drug addict. I have terrible insomnia but I never want to take a chance with downers because that’s one of the things I used to really love to take – among a lot of other things. Is there any abuse risk with melatonin. If there is, can you recommend a natural sleeping aid that is not going to be a problem for someone very prone to addiction?

Kent Kinzley Says...

Kent Kinzley K. Kinzley
M.A., MFC-29589

It helps to regulate your circadian rhythms, which in turn can help regulate your sleep patterns. It is not so much an aid to sleep onset or sleep maintenance as prescription sleeping medications are. Since it naturally occurs in your system, there is less chance of addiction and overdose, though you should follow the directions on the bottle. Also, you can increase your own levels of melatonin by getting more sunlight, since that is the way it produced in your system. Low levels of daily sunlight will usually mean you'll have low levels of melatonin. Conversely, the more daily sunlight you're exposed to the higher levels of melatonin you will have in your system.

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