Melatonin: My New Frenemy
I have to confess that I’ve been taking sublingual vitamins for 2+ months now for sleep. They’re produced by Nature Made and they’re appropriately called VitaMelts SLEEP. A friend of mine came to visit a couple months ago and she let me try them. She’s a night shift worker just like I used to be a night shift worker… and 2 years later my body still has sleep issues. Anyways, they worked.
So I’ve been taking 1 pill about every night. It’s a tasty little chocolate flavored bedtime snack. They whisper, “here… you’ve had a rough day…you deserve a restful slumber.” Well thank you vitamelt, don’t mind if I do.
Well all that shit hit the fan today. I have absolutely no idea how I stumbled upon this information, but I’m glad I did. I know back when I was TTC a long time ago I did some research about melatonin and decided I should refrain from taking it. I think I found out why. This is directly from the Mayo Clinic’s website. And it’s regarding Melatonin:
“Avoid use in women who are pregnant or are attempting to become pregnant, based on possible hormonal effects and a possible increased risk of developmental disorders.”
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
“Melatonin supplementation should be avoided in women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant, based on possible hormonal effects. High levels of melatonin during pregnancy may increase the risk of developmental disorders. In animal studies, melatonin was detected in breast milk and therefore should be avoided during breastfeeding. In men, decreased sperm motility and decreased sperm count are reported with the use of melatonin.”
So the last part is what troubles me the most, because my husband has told me he has recently been using a sleep aid (Dream Water… another delicious sleep treat). Of course, I immediately emailed him this info and the link to the website, swearing to also kick my melatonin habit.
What’s ironic is I had already taken my pill before I started this blog entry.
*sigh* so long old friend…