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what is a powerful sleep aid?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Sleep: Are you taking about drugs or otc products? Your doctor has prescrition soporifics tthat are more potent than otc but have the potential for tolerance and habituation. Discuss it with him. What is the cause of the problem.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Why are you asking: If you need a "powerful" anything, then you may have a serious medical problem. Sleep disruptions are very common, with many causes. Please see your doctor to discuss your sleep hygiene, substance & alcohol use, breathing, general health, stimulant use, and psychosocial stress - all of these impact your sleep. Don't drug it out, find why you have the problem.

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Are cds marketed to help you sleep actually effective?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
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Some are: Most self help materials that you can buy easily from the bookstore may have a combination of passive muscle relaxation exercises and guided imagery techniques. These will most often help those folks that have a difficult time winding down physically and mentally. These are usually good for those that have brief periods of insomnia, and less helpful for chronic insomnia patients.
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What over-the-counter drugs can help you sleep?

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Dr. Claude Parola
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Diphenhydramine: Diphenhydramine (benadryl) can help with sleeping: however it causes drowsiness, coordination problems, dry mouth, urinary retention etc..., do not drive or use heavy machinery if you take benadryl, (diphenhydramine) as always contact your doctor before taking any medications.
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What really works to help you sleep?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Good health: The only way to maintain health, including sleep, is by giving your cellular "engines" the right "fuel". Assuming that your genome is adequate, there is nothing else that you can do.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Anyone used a delta wave sleep aid?

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Dr. R Sangal
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Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Why would you: Although it is commonly stated that slow wave sleep (stage n3 sleep, stage 3/4 sleep, delta sleep) is needed for sleep to be refreshing, there is no evidence to show that. The amount and continuity of sleep is more important than what stage and how much time in each stage (except that too much time in stage n1 might not be as refreshing).
A 46-year-old member asked:

Do eyeshades with lavender and other scents help you sleep?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gold
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
No.: The only benefit to eyeshades is darkness. I suppose there could be a psychologic or suggestive benefit but not a hypnotic one.

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