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do you ever take sleeping pills?
Replies: 13Last Post Aug. 8, 2016 1:08pm by perfectlyflawd
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i just have trouble sleeping sometimes so i bought some advil pm but im not sure if thats specifically for sleep because it says its for pain plus sleep...so are those just mainly meant for if youre in pain because of something at night so it is just convenient to take for that?

or can you also take it if youre not in any pain and just wanna sleep...?

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Pain plus sleep just means that it is designed to relieve symptoms that interfere with sleep and that they probably cause drowsiness. but they aren't actually intended to make you fall asleep, they aren't sleeping pills

and meh, I don't really sleep much. hour or two a day on average, so I don't really need them. though i've had relatives with sleeping problems that were prescribed chloral hydrate for it. seems a bit overkill but it might be something to look into

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you might as well just get benadryl you're just paying more plus adding a pain reliever

I take melatonin when I can't sleep

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Melatonin. It makes me kinda groggy and weird the day after.

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yeah tylenol/advil pm is just diphenhydramine added to apap/ibuprofen. might as well get benadryl or an equivalent generic, which is only diphenhydramine.

personally i don't really like taking benadryl for sleep, as it does knock me out, but it wears off within 3-4 hours, so it may not help you get a full night's sleep. i have terrible insomnia so my personal sleep stack consists of 5-htp, melatonin, and a magnesium supplement. most people who have trouble sleeping are deficient in magnesium, so taking that alone 2x a day may be enough to solve your problem. if not, try adding melatonin (4mg is a decent starting dose) and see how you do w/ that.


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Quote: from witchybabe12 at 1:09 pm on Jan. 24, 2016

i just have trouble sleeping sometimes so i bought some advil pm but im not sure if thats specifically for sleep because it says its for pain plus sleep...so are those just mainly meant for if youre in pain because of something at night so it is just convenient to take for that?

or can you also take it if youre not in any pain and just wanna sleep...?



TRY -- Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids:  Most of these sleeping pills are antihistamines. They generally work well but can cause some drowsiness the next day. They're safe enough to be sold without a prescription. However, if you're taking other drugs that also contain antihistamines -- like cold or allergy medications -- you could inadvertently take too much.

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Quote: from divangel02 at 3:25 pm on Jan. 24, 2016

yeah tylenol/advil pm is just diphenhydramine added to apap/ibuprofen. might as well get benadryl or an equivalent generic, which is only diphenhydramine.  

personally i don't really like taking benadryl for sleep, as it does knock me out, but it wears off within 3-4 hours, so it may not help you get a full night's sleep. i have terrible insomnia so my personal sleep stack consists of 5-htp, melatonin, and a magnesium supplement. most people who have trouble sleeping are deficient in magnesium, so taking that alone 2x a day may be enough to solve your problem. if not, try adding melatonin (4mg is a decent starting dose) and see how you do w/ that.


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5-HTP is a Chemical Compound that is naturally produced in your body as it makes Serotonin, an important hormone for regulating your mood.

Some doctors consider 5-HTP to be the best natural appetite suppressant. 5-HTP is also naturally produced in various plants, including the seeds of griffonia simplicifolia, a West African shrub. In addition to suppressing your appetite, there is some research that suggests that 5-HTP can also help treating headaches, insomnia, depression and fibromyalgia - but is it right for everybody?

Because it's a naturally occurring compound in the body, 5-HTP is mostly safe for short-term use (up to 12 weeks). However, those with existing Gastrointestinal Problems should be cautious and speak to a physician, as there are reports of Gastrointestinal Side Effects, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Also, avoid taking this supplement if you're already taking antidepressants (such as an SSRI or MAOI) or are seeing a mental health specialist for severe depression or bipolar disorder. 5-HTP has been known to increase suicidal ideation.

If you are Pregnant or Breastfeeding, you should not use 5-HTP.


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I've been taking benadryl to sleep this past year and a half.
I take 3 every night if I can't sleep within an hour or two I take one more.

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Zzzquil is basically a sleep aid.  Hell, the dollar store sells generic sleep aids that work just as well as the named brand stuff and its a lot cheaper too.

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Yes, I have. I don't know what kind. But I find they make me really groggy in the morning, I don't like them.

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If you don't have a tolerance to Benadryl it would work to help you sleep. Or melatonin is a good one to use for me. You shouldn't be taking an Advil + sleep pill unless you have pain keeping you awake. You just need a simple sleep aide and generic brands work perfectly fine and are cheaper

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it's not difficult to obtain a few ambien if i need them due to my work schedule. but those "pm" pills never seem to put me to sleep, unless it's nyquil and i'm already sick, feeling exceptionally shitty, and running on no sleep. like some other posters in here, you could try melatonin. it's cheap and easy to get and 10mg will knock you out. the trick is taking melatonin AFTER you are already 100% done with everything you need to do before bed and you're literally already about to sleep. otherwise it wont work as well.

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I've never taken sleeping pills.

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sometimes

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