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I am a 71 yo female 22 months post ablation for paroxsymal afib with no recurrence of afib, just occasional PVC's. Had a sleep study done 6 months after my ablation and was advised that I had sleep apnea - for which I use a CPAP faithfully every night, with very positive results (according to the resmed readings). However, I wake up multiple times at night,. Never sleep through the night. I resume sleep quickly, but it is frustrating to be waking so many times. I do all the right things for good sleep hygiene. I do not use caffeinated beverages or drink alcohol. I was wondering if melatonin would help and if this is contraindicated for people with afib. I contacted my EP's office today and the "receptionist" advised me I could take it. Did not take a message for the doctor to get back to me. I will continue to purse this with his office, but was wondering if anyone used it and if it triggered PVC's or afib. I would really hate for this to start again.
MichaelC, January 7, 2019 7:35pm EST
When I started BiPap I had the same issue of waking up several times during the night. Talked with my sleep doc and he recommended liquid melatonin. I am 230 lbs and he suggested 10mg. Worked.
rlevin47, January 7, 2019 9:38pm EST
I have had paroxsymal afib for many years. Maybe 2 to 3 episodes a year lasting 3 to 8 hours.
I have taken melatonin for many years. Never has been a trigger for me.
I take only 500 mic. 45 minutes before bedtime. That is only1/2 of mg.
If you read up on melatonin you will find that lower dosages are recommended. Don't believe what the supplement co's are pushing. More is not always better!
Start with 1mg for a few weeks and go from there. Remember it is not a sleeping pill and read all you can that is not from the supplement co's.