If you follow any of the basic melatonin dose chart by weight and age that you find online it will guide you to some higher dosages than necessary so you need to be careful.
This will help guide you with a basic melatonin dose chart that covers all ages and weight.
Melatonin Dose Chart for Adults
Sleep Disorders/Insomnia – 1 mg to 3 mg around 1 hour before going to bed to start.
(Doctor Recommended – 0.1 to 0.3 mg of Melatonin 1 hour before bed).
Jet Lag (4 hour change min) – 0.5 – 5 mg of melatonin before bed in different time zone.
Seasonal Affective Disorder – 0.25 to 5 mg daily.
For General Better Sleep – 0.1 to 6 mg around 60 minutes before bed.
Melatonin Dose Chart for Children
Preoperative anxiety – 0.1 – 0.25 or 0.5 mg per kilogram of body weight.
Seizure disorder in children – 5 to 10 mg every night.
Sleep Disturbance in Children Suffering from Neuro Pyschiatric Disorders, including ( autism, mental retardation and other psychiatric disorders ) – 0.5 mg to 10 mg each night.
Can You Overdose On Melatonin?
Yes you can overdose on melatonin supplementing BUT it’s not what you think! Taking melatonin for sleep is not a “More is Better” type situation. Fact is melatonin may not help your insomnia at all.
Why? Because it’s not a sleeping pill, it’s a sleep regulator. If you should be sleeping then melatonin pills.
Taking melatonin helps many different types of health conditions and this is why our body produces it naturally. Taking synthetic melatonin means that it’s produced in a lab and therefore can cause side effects.
You’ll be happy to know that if you overdose on melatonin it will NOT cause death. Fact is the body just won’t use it all and will discard any excess as waste.
Now with that being said it’s been show that some people who have taking a few small milligrams of melatonin have reported feeling ill while other have taken very large meaning hundreds of milligrams and yet they feel perfectly fine.
If you’re new to melatonin then always start with a lower dosage and regulate yourself up from there. Although everyone is different most Doctors recommend people start with .1 mg – .3 mg even though many self medicating Canadians choose to start with 3 mg.
How much Melatonin is Too Much?
As a starting point some great advice that everyone should start with is that you should take a dosage that’s equal to what the human body produces daily and that is just 0.3 mg/daily. This advice is based on research conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center.