delayed sleep phase syndrome: advice on melatonin or light therapy ? (Part 3 of 3)

by Tim
(Kansas City, MO (USA))

Just last night, for the first time, I used my Respironics REMstart Auto Flex CPAP machine. I do feel like I have somewhat more energy today, but I'm still getting used to the device.

I have always thought that I've been a "night owl" (i.e. - I tend to go to bed late, and it's hard for me to wake up in the morning).

I've wondered if I should take melatonin in the evening. Does anybody know of any good preparations for melatonin? Or, are the foods which contain reliable sources of melatonin?

Also, I've wondered about light therapy for the morning. Has anybody tried this?

Thanks!

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Aug 02, 2012
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by: Christy

Light Therapy has been said to help regulate your sleeping and waking cycles (circadian rhythms). As our internal body clocks respond naturally to the increase or decrease in light levels. There have been some recent articles that nightlights and TV's at night are messing with peoples internal clocks because it is too much light too late at night. A 10,000 lux light therapy lamp when used first thing in the morning for about 30-45 minutes is said to suppress your melatonin, which allows seritonin levels to increase, signaling to you body that it is time to start the day... Perhaps light therapy might be something to try. I use a 10,000 lux, 70w light therapy desk lamp, I got it to help with SAD/Depression but the first thing I noticed is that I started sleeping better - Good Luck

Jul 20, 2012
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by: CpapHelpDesk

• I don't have a useful suggestion with respect to melatonin.

However I do urge you to discuss this with your Sleep Specialist.


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