You may know that Bud has been taking melatonin for years to help him sleep through the night. As he's grown, we've had to increase the dose to maintain its effectiveness, and for the past year or so he's been taking 9 mg a night - a dose that would leave most adults groggy for days, but which has been just enough to help Bud get a solid night's sleep.
This spring, however, with the anxiety of the end of school, the unknowns of summer, and a new school year looming large on his horizon, Bud started to have trouble sleeping again, and his 9 mg dose was rendered ineffective. The doctor he sees for medication management authorized us to go up to 12 mg a night, but before we got started with that, Bud had an appointment with his pediatrician, who asked me about the melatonin I was giving Bud and, specifically, about where I'd been buying it. I told her I usually picked it up at Target or the local pharmacy, and she gave me a valuable tip.
She said that melatonin, like most natural supplements, is not regulated, so a 3 mg tablet may not actually contain 3 mg of pure melatonin. She suggested that I go online and order "pharmaceutical grade melatonin" and try that before I increased Bud's dose. It worked beautifully. Bud's holding steady at 9 mg a night and has been sleeping soundly - even during the past week, when we were away from home on vacation.
I wish I'd known about this years ago, so I'm passing it along, in case any of you are having hit-or-miss experience with over-the-counter melatonin.
Sleep well, my friends.