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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.See 1 more doctor answer
There isn't one best: Sleep medication. Different sleep medications suit different patients and different conditions more optimally. Melatonin is often used because it is often effective, inexpensive, available over the counter and does not cause drowsiness the next day. Make sure that you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off.
There is no best: There's no "best" natural sleep aid. What works for one person may not work for another. Melatonin and valerian root are two commons natural sleep aids. Usually though following proper sleep hygiene and making lifestyle changes works just as well, are long term successful strategies, and are cheaper.
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).
Sleep hygiene.: Generally, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken the same time every morning, stay in bed if you awaken during the night, no naps during the day, no activities in bed other than sleeping and relations, don't eat within four hours of going to sleep. Melatonin supplementation can help, too.
Prevention: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help.
It is better to use: Non-medication approaches to sleep better. Use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work material.
There is no "best"..: The best one is one that works for you and doesn't cause any problems. The most common over the counter sleep aids have diphenhydramine, and this is in Benadryl and unisom. Nyquil has a sleep medicine (zzquil) that also has diphenhydramine, but it also has alcohol. You could also try melatonin is something you can buy in the store that can help with sleep.
Gravol: I don't know which gravol product you're talking about -- there are several of them. Http://tinyurl. Com/lar4efy the ones with ginger only probably would not help you sleep, but the ones with dimenhydrinate in them might. Please discuss with your own physician, as I also don't know what other medications you might be taking.See 1 more doctor answer
Sleep recommendation: It really depends on the cause of the insomnia. If "pure" initial insomnia that comes and goes randomly lasting for only a few days, over the counter remedies can help. Diphenhydramine, melatonin, or valerian root can work - but must be from reputable producers. Sonata, (zaleplon) lunesta, or Ambien are prescription aids. Many use trazadone, gabapentin, mirtazipine, or tricyclic antidepressants as well.