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Is it bad to take OTC allergy medication to help fall asleep once in a while?

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Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Try Melatonin

If you use Benedryl or some other OTC allergy medication to fall asleep once in awhile it won't hurt you.
However, its not a perfect solution. These medications change your sleep architecture. You don't get the right balance of each stage of sleep to feel rested. You may feel hung-over in the morning. A better solution would be Melatonin. You can buy it a healthfood store. Sulingual is best

In brief: Try Melatonin

If you use Benedryl or some other OTC allergy medication to fall asleep once in awhile it won't hurt you.
However, its not a perfect solution. These medications change your sleep architecture. You don't get the right balance of each stage of sleep to feel rested. You may feel hung-over in the morning. A better solution would be Melatonin. You can buy it a healthfood store. Sulingual is best
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Some people need more exercise than others to help them sleep. Increasing exercise (not within 4 hours of bedtime) can be a very healthy way to improve sleep. Exercise also reduces stress and adds a well-deserved boost to self-esteem, both of which also improve sleep quality.
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