Dr. Oz opens by saying that melatonin is a hormone produced by your brain that tells your body it is time to sleep and it can be dangerous. Dr. Michael Breus is on and he says it actually destroys our sleep. He says that people are using way to much of this chemical because ti doesn’t do what the marketers say it does. Melatonin is a sleep regulator and not a sleep aid. This is not a natural sleep aid and people using it are waking up in the middle of the night and taking more. One woman has nightmares and wakes up with a hangover feeling after taking it.
As a busy single mom, this lady wants to get good sleep and she needs to sleep throughout the night. Breus chimes in and says that people keep taking this because they have been duped into thinking this should be a natural way to get sleep. Oz says the results of taking too much melatonin will give the same body reaction as a hangover. We learn this lady is taking 9 times the recommended daily dosage and oz says the reason she feels like she is in a fog is because the melatonin is telling her body that it is time to sleep.
Oz asks what the right amount of melatonin to sleep. Breus says we never need more than 1mg if we even need it at all. The audience today admits that almost all of them are taking at least twice the daily dosage and some are mad about this. Michael says that most doctors are over use this because it is supposed to be natural. He says there are times melatonin is right to use like if you are a shift worker and need to stay up all night and sleep all day. If you take a long trip and need to avoid jet lag and elderly people produce less melatonin so they could benefit from it if they are having trouble sleeping. Never take over 1mg a day and never use melatonin for more than two weeks at a time.
Breus has a method for everyone to get a good deep sleep. It is called progressive muscle relaxation and it will teach your body how to rest properly. You sit in a chair or lay on your back and breath in for a three count and out for a three count. Tense the muscles in your forehead by squinting and then relaxing while still using the three counts. Move down and shrug your shoulders and finally make a fist for a three count and the relax for a three count. This is similar to other relaxation tips and an EKG, from a volunteer on the show, proves she is more relaxed after using these techniques.