Apr 16, 2010

Melatonin revisited

I want to revisit melatonin, as I was again in conversation with people yesterday who had not heard of it as a defense against REM (rapid eye movement) sleep disorder. REM is an inherent characteristic of Dementia with Lewy Bodies. It is a condition in which the person acts out their dreams. Dangerous for both the person with dementia and anyone sleeping with them. A neurologist at the sleep clinic at Mayo initiated melatonin for Dwane to prevent the REM incidents. It has worked remarkably well. The regimen was to take 1 3-mg melatonin a night for one week and see if that eliminated the acting out; if not, take 2 3-mg melatonin for one week. Repeating this until one could get up to a total of 4 3-mg melatonin pills an evening. It has not completely eliminated the incidents of acting out of dreams, but it has helped dramatically.

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