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Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep aid a good idea?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep aid a good idea?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Antihistamines are not recommended for regular use. Tolerance can develop. Review with your doctor other options. ...Read more

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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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How many sleeping aid pills (kalms sleep or kalms night) would garauntee making me fall asleep?

How many sleeping aid pills (kalms sleep or kalms night) would garauntee making me fall asleep?

No guarantee: I'm afraid ther is no guarantee. Some of the over the counter things taken can actually make some people's sleep issues worse (like in the case of RLS and antihistamines (benadryl). Just be careful on using something to help with sleep even if "natural." find out what is causing you to have trouble falling asleep if you can. ...Read more

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I'm not sleeping at night. I've tried prescription sleep aid otc sleep aids and nothing helps. Please help me?

I'm not sleeping at night. I've tried prescription sleep aid otc sleep aids and nothing helps. Please help me?

Insomnia: poor sleeping habit, depression, anxiety , preoccupation, drinking stimulating beverages before sleep (coffee, cafeinated beverages) can cause insomnia, if there is a TV in the bedroom try to turn it off, turn off all lights, try to go to bed at the same time every night, it may be hard at first but with time it be easier, if there is depression or anxiety try to talk to someone (counselor/psych) ...Read more

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Do over-the-counter sleep aids like unisom make lucid dreaming easier?

Do over-the-counter sleep aids like unisom make lucid dreaming easier?

Yes: If you they are disruptive or you experience other untowards side effects, stop the sleeping aid. ...Read more

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Practice good sleep hygiene. Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep. Any suggestions?

Practice good sleep hygiene.  Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep.  Any suggestions?

Insomnia: Some quick tips. Look up healthy sleep habits online. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like drugs and alcohol. ...Read more

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I'm not sleeping well at night, any tips to sleep better?

Sleep hygiene is key: Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath, lavender scent. ...Read more

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Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Consider Nuvigil: For patients with ongoing sleepiness in spirited of cpap, Nuvigil is usually the next recorded treatment. It only occasionally raises blood pressure, but you should have it checked if you start on it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Yes: In my experience, melatonin has been very useful, and a lot safer than many prescription sleeping pills. May require 2 or 3 pills to help, but seems quite successful in very small amounts. In spite of otc status, if you have a sleep disorder, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What "bedtime ritual" can aid falling asleep?

What "bedtime ritual" can aid falling asleep?

See below: Try to avoid stimulating activities right before bedtime (no violent computer games, etc.). Take technology out of the bedroom (except for an alarm clock :). Don't use your laptop, ipad, any other tablet right before bed; have light snack, e.g. Cheese and crackers, if hungry; warm showers, keep your room on a cooler side; relaxation, positive visualizations. Hope that helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi, can I take a nighttime sleep aid containing diphenhydramine & a nighttime decongestant?

Hi, can I take a nighttime sleep aid containing diphenhydramine & a nighttime decongestant?

Probably : If you are a healthy female and have a common cold then it should not be a problem. If you have any other systemic respiratory problems then it would be best to consult with a physician before taking the otc meds you mentioned. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter night time sleep aid should I use?

Which over-the-counter night time sleep aid should I use?

The choice is yours.: I will make some natural remedy suggestions: valerian root, chamomile and melatonin. If those aren't available to you - benardryl is easy to get. Make sure you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco >. ...Read more

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Most preferred over-the-counter sleep aid?

Most preferred over-the-counter sleep aid?

Discuss with MD: Please don't rely on internet searches to answer this question. Have a consult with your own physician who knows you, your medical history, possible causes of difficulty in sleeping, and how best to help you. This is not a cookbook recipe issue. ...Read more

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Tegretol 400-klonopin1.5-effient 10 all at 10pm fragmented poor sleep.Added half of a unisom 12.5 at 11:00 sleep great..Wake at 7 am refreshed--ok?

Tegretol 400-klonopin1.5-effient 10 all at 10pm fragmented poor sleep.Added half of a unisom 12.5 at 11:00 sleep great..Wake at 7 am refreshed--ok?

No: Tegretol and unisom: interaction number of reports 1 premature baby 12 2 drug exposure during pregnancy 12 3 persistent foetal circulation 12 4 amnesia 11 5 intraventricular haemorrhage 11 6 ventricular septal defect 11 7 patent ductus arteriosus 11 8 atrial septal defect 11 9 lung disorder 8 10 cardiopulmonary failure 8. ...Read more

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Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Different: Everyone is different. It also depends upon why you are having difficulty with sleep. If you suffer insomnia talk to your doctor about this. There are many medications that can be used for this disorder. ...Read more

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Does health a2z sleep aid work?

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. ...Read more

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Trazodone (desyrel) is a sleep aid?

Trazodone (desyrel) is a sleep aid?

Technically not: But it is often used off label for sleep and works very well in many patients for sleep. It is fda approved as an antidepressant. ...Read more

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I have ob.Sleep apnea & am using a cpap nightly. I sleep 8-9 hrs/night. Still tired. Sleep studies also show alpha wave intrusion.How is this treated?

Other causes: Alpha wave intrusions have not been shown to be a problem by themselves, and do not need treatment. Assuming the CPAP is set correctly, controls the apnea, and you are using it every night all night, i would look for other causes of sleepiness (including narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia). Sometimes sleepiness from sleep apnea gets better with CPAP but not completely, and stimulants may help. ...Read more

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