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A 47-year-old member asked:

does health a2z sleep aid work?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes and no: It will work for a couple of days, then you might need to stop for two days and then restart it again. It is basically benadryl, (diphenhydramine) the antihistamine. You might want to try melatonin 3mg at 2 hours before bedtime. It works more consistently and does not cause the next day impairment and weight gain that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does. See your doctor if that doesn't work. If you feel nervous or depressed, get tx.
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 23 years experience
Depends : The active ingredient that makes you "sleep better" is Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Benadryl is an anti-histamine, with a known side-effect profile of causing sedation/sleepiness.

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Are cds marketed to help you sleep actually effective?

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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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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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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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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).
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Do eyeshades with lavender and other scents help you sleep?

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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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