Melatonin- Sleep and much more

Sleep Disorder is remarkably common.  For a general idea as to how prevalent this problem might be, simply watch television and count the number of commercials that pop up for prescription sleep medications.

The Problems:

  1. Sleep Dysfunction or insomnia is a symptom, not a primary disease state.
  2. Without sorting through WHY a person has difficulty sleeping, it is impossible to correct the underlying problem.
  3. Taking a medication that is ‘new to nature’ rarely corrects any underlying problem. That is, a medication that is formulated from chemicals that are not native to the organism (human, in this case) cannot by nature correct an imbalance.  Only restoration of the missing piece, chemical or nutrient will restore proper balance.
  4. It is unclear, in most cases, which chemical is out of balance or inadequate.

My approach to correcting sleep problems begins with teaching correct sleep habits, but it includes interventions such as L-Theanine, Melatonin, SAMe and colostrum.  I will use 5-HTP, as well, if the clinical situation is appropriate.


About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.