I Think I Broke My Brain...
I took Melatonin for a few months a few years ago, because it was being touted as 'The Next Big Thing!' and I was impressed by the research. It really worked, too, and I got the best sleep I'd had in years.
But, already a very lucid dreamer, I began to have dreams that lasted all night, and left me exhausted the next day, as if I had lived another life in my sleep. It even became difficult to keep the two lives separate, because I sometimes wasn't sure if what I had done in a dream was what I had done in the 'real' world.
A little further research into Melatonin showed that this was a rare side effect, so I quit taking it. But its effects continued to resonate through my skull for some time. I was drinking, too, so who knows what kind of synergy I was creating.
Well, I quit drinking about the time Acidman did, for a few weeks, and then started back up on a schedule, keeping an eye on my intake. I still drink far less than before, and it has recently begun to effect my sleep cycle, and not in a good way.
Between having been sick, and not getting decent sleep, I was miserable, and desperate to try anything. I tried Benadryl, and NyQuil, but they just left me jittery and shaky the next day, and I'd still wake up at the Magic Hour of 3am, wide awake, and exhausted.
Well, last night I dug out the old Melatonin, and took a 3mg tab, and two capsules of Valerian. I slept like a baby. I woke up a couple of times, but I was able to slip right back under. I slept til 8:30, and got up, feeling refreshed for the first time in a while.
Trouble is, by brain feels muzzy today, and I suspect the Melatonin. Tonight, I am just going to go with the Valerian, and see what happens.
Getting old is a bitch.