In the name of Allah; the entirely merciful; the especially merciful - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Melatonin, can improve ability to sleep

A few weeks ago, I have found out that my daughter sleeping problem has a name. It is call a delayed sleep phase syndrome. Meaning she would sleep later than she slept a day before and gradually each day. For example if she slept at 9 pm yesterday, tonight she would sleep at 11 pm then 12 pm tomorrow and 2 am the day after tomorrow. Usually she would sleep in between 1 to 2 hours later or no sleeping at all that night.

This is how I manage her sleeping problem. One hour before her sleeping time I would bath ber. Give her massage using the Misk Aroma Gentle Baby Oil which I make with Lavender and Chamomile essential oils. Get her dress and then put her to bed. I would off the light so she know that it is time to sleep. Light up the essential oil burner using Misk Aroma Help To Sleep with lavender and sage essential oils. Pat her while reading the 3 qul's surah.

As another way to manage her sleeping, I would keep her awake that day, when her pattern goes to not sleeping at all during the night and put her to sleep around 6 pm. It is not as easy as said. Sometime I was too tired, we ended sleep through out the day. Alhamdulillah, la hawla wala quwata illah billah.

Her occupational therapy and the other lady at sleep study from The Center of Cerebral Palsy recommended her to take melatonin.

First I beg for Allah to make me patience in caring and loving my daughter. I also ask him to help me in managing her sleep. Insha Allah we would try the melatonin and keep posting her progress.

I did some researched about the melatonin and here where I could refer back when I needed.

Researchers from the Divisions of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found in a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study, that melatonin, taken orally during non-typical sleep times, significantly improves an individual's ability to sleep.

This finding is particularly important for rotating or night-shift workers, travelers with jet lag and individuals with advanced or delayed sleep phase syndrome.

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This is another article about melatonin which contains the following topics:
Overview
Uses
Available Forms
How to Take It
Precautions
Possible Interactions
Supporting Research

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