Dr. Oz Says No Melatonin for Sleep

I think I have to stop watching Dr. Oz.  All the tips make me feel like I’ll never actually be healthy.  The show makes me more worried about what I’m not doing for my health than provide a boost of confidence about what I do right.  (Please don’t get me wrong.  I like Dr. Oz and think he has good intentions.  My issues are totally my own idiosyncrasies.)

For example there was a recent show on why melatonin is bad for you.  Melatonin is a sleep aid.  They couldn’t definitely say anything bad that melatonin does other than not working.  I started taking melatonin this year occasionally at least partially on a Dr. Oz recommendation.    His show was accurate in displaying how you get so desperate for sleep that you’ll do anything.  I was pretty desperate when I sought out melatonin.
I don’t have a problem falling asleep.  I have a problem staying asleep.  One melatonin brand seemed to work for me.  Others did not.  Sometimes it seemed to help; sometimes it didn’t.
Dr. Oz’s guest was adamant that melatonin was a bad choice, but that he had something we could all do to help relax and fall asleep.  The concept was basically taking a few deep breaths and then engaging and relaxing muscles.  So for example you make a fist as hard as you can and then relax the fist.  You do this to multiple muscles in the body.   The thought is that your body takes the hint that you are headed into relaxation mode.  I was sold.  It’s not a pill; it’s a type of movement; it’s worth a try.
Two nights in a row I attempted the process this week.  It did nothing—very disheartening.  I’m willing to try again.  But I don’t think it will work.  I find tensing my muscles so awkward and uncomfortable when I’m trying to rest that the feeling lingers during the relaxed phase.  And I’ve already learned that deep breathing wakes me up, which makes sense since we yawn when we want to wake up.
So I’m open to suggestions and experiments.  What helps you fall asleep or go back to sleep?


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Anonymous January 29, 2013 at 4:33 am - Reply

    I have used melatonin but I have recently used Magnolia Bark…in researching this it is good for many other things…It doesn’t seem as strong as Melatonin in helping me fall asleep…it seems to help me relax and feel sleepy…I sleep better and do not wake up feeling drugged…

  2. Brandyn Reagan June 21, 2018 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Melatonin gives me heart palpitations and definitely gives me a euphoric feeling that actually prevents me from getting a full/good nights sleep. I am 42 years old, extremely fit and healthy and have severe sleep challenges. Every persons body chemistry is different therefore meds affect differently, this is just my experience.

    • Maggie Downie
      Maggie Downie July 30, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Brandyn,

      Thanks for reading. I agree. Figuring out how to get good sleep is an experiment for everyone. I’ve read about people who don’t mix well with melatonin.

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