Can Melatonin Supplements Cause Weird Dreams?

Can Melatonin Supplements Cause Weird Dreams?

There have been conversations at the breakfast table of family members sharing stories of the strange dreams they had the night before. Dreams happen because of Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep. It is when the brain is most active during sleep. this brain scan shows the difference in activity between NREM and REM sleep.

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The Huffington Post wrote a news article about how and why melatonin supplements can increase the vividness and strangeness of dreams. (Dream Article) This article stated that people who start taking melatonin are usually those having trouble sleeping. They are not used to the increased REM sleep and therefore notice odd dreams. This post also stated that a majority of dreams are abnormal. It mentioned that the increased brain activity creates more lifelike dreams that the dreamer can remember.  If you are taking melatonin and your dreams are becoming bothersome you can decrease the dosage. man-sleeping-peacefully

Dreams will decrease in intensity once the body and mind are adjusted to the new increased amount of REM sleep. A caution to those with diagnosed insomnia talk with your doctor about treatments. The Melatonin supplement is not meant for severe insomnia it is meant for graveyard shift workers & those recovering from the symptoms of jet lag.

Melatonin can truly help those who are trying to adjust to new sleeping schedules. Dreams can be a new fun side effect. If you have taken melatonin and enjoy the new more vivid dreams feel free to share your story in the comments below.  Also check out Worldwide Labs for an all natural melatonin supplement if you would like help in getting a good night’s sleep. Remember to always speak with your primary doctor before starting any supplements.

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