How Melatonin Helped My PCOS Sleep Issues

Sleep is a very tiresome subject for me. Get it?

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Up until recently, I hadn’t had a normal sleeping schedule in well over a decade. I would get enough sleep to barely function on the weekdays, then try to ‘catch up’ on some zzz’s during the weekend (which, unfortunately, isn’t a thing).

Tired and Frustrated

We’ve all had the occasional night where we didn’t sleep well. The stress of something we’re going through keeps us up, or maybe it’s just hard to get comfortable.

For several years, I chalked my poor sleeping patterns up to my adolescent years. As a young teen, I’d stay up late to watch movies or talk shows, play video games, read and so on. When I got to my twenties and realized it was a struggle for me to fall asleep before 2 a.m., I knew I had to change things up.

I made a tremendous effort to regulate my sleeping patterns. No electronic devices before bed. A dark bedroom at a comfortable temperature. Physically being in bed about an hour before I wanted to fall asleep for some wiggle room.

Nothing worked.

And then, thank goodness, I found out that my poor sleeping habits may have been the cause of something more substantial than habitual late nights in my youth.

PCOS & Poor Sleep = Common

Turns out that women with PCOS tend to have issues with sleeping. This includes sleep apnea, insomnia and generally having trouble getting there.

I had tried OTC (over-the-counter) sleep aids before, but they’d always made me feel… weird. Zzzquil, while effective, made me feel as if my brain was ‘shutting down’ after I took it. I also had what can be described as a temporary paralysis of sorts, where I could barely move once it got into my system.

Worst of all, I’d get in a full eight hours of sleep but felt just as groggy and exhausted when I woke up than I had when I went to bed!  It wasn’t for me.

About six months into our marriage, my husband realized how much getting a good night’s rest was a problem for me. In passing, he mentioned Melatonin, both the natural hormone our bodies produce for sleep and the synthetic kind widely available in most drug and health food stores.

I took it once over a year ago and have never looked back. By far, it’s the best OTC sleep aid solution for anyone who wants a more natural remedy for sleeplessness.

 

What makes Melatonin awesome?

I really could go on about why Melatonin is amazing, but I’ll keep it to four important reasons.

  • It’s a natural remedy. When it comes to women with PCOS (including myself), some opt for natural and holistic remedies to manage symptoms. Synthetic Melatonin merely increases the amount present in the body so that getting to sleep is a lot easier than normal.
  • It works gradually and feels ‘normal’.  As I mentioned above, some OTC sleep aids ‘force’ you to sleep. Melatonin’s effect is no different than the natural tired feeling one would have normally.
  • You can take it when you need it.  I’ve found that I go through spells where my sleeping is regulated so well, I don’t need to take Melatonin. This will vary by person, of course, but Melatonin isn’t like a prescribed sleep aid; take it when you need it, stop when you don’t.
  • It’s affordable. Melatonin is easy to find and, typically priced between $8 and $10, is easy to acquire without breaking the bank. One bottle usually has about 100 tablets. That’s a three-month supply; not bad.

I’d recommend it to anyone struggling with poor sleep, but I can’t suggest it enough to women with PCOS who are missing out on good night’s rest.

Thinking about giving it a try or have already taken it? I’d love to hear your experience.

Stay Positive!

– Elle

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