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What is the most effective, non habit forming sleeping pill?

Asked by Aster (18325points) October 31st, 2010

Yeah, Benedryl doesn’t work anymore even with Melatonin. What sleeping pill or relaxant works well for insomnia caused by stress but is not habit forming?

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Coloma's avatar


Run Aster run! lol

john65pennington's avatar

The very best out there is Lanesta. its by prescription and it works. my wife has sleep apnea and nothing has worked for her, except Lanesta. she has tried them all. she now receives 8 solid hours of sleep each night. Lanesta is not addictive. 4 out of 5 stars for Lanesta.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne is better than any sleeping pill out there ;)

MissPoovey's avatar

@john65pennington I think you mean Lunesta. No offense, but if they are gonna look it up, spelling counts.
Also, I understand. The men in the family don’t know the medicine. That is something the women are usually better at doing.

Aster's avatar

Thanks, everyone. Maybe I should have said, ‘non-prescription.” I think 100% of prescriptions are habit forming.

thekoukoureport's avatar

Yoga… but warning prolonged use may cause flexabilty, relaxation, and overall good health.

thetmle's avatar

Benadryl doesn’t work for me either. I started taking Unisom (doxylamine) and it works like a charm! It’s OTC too.

Aster's avatar

@thetmle I have Unisom but it makes me So groggy the next day. I think I’ll take one tonight regardless. If that doesn’t work I’ll have to avoid driving!

MissPoovey's avatar

OTC (over the counter) does not equal non-addictive (habit forming). My grandmother was so used to using laxitives she could no longer go without them. There are side effects to every drug and herb. Thats why they work. The action of it working is a side effect.
There are good side effects and negative ones. You will have to try a few to find out which ones you can live with (sometimes literally).

cazzie's avatar

I just threw away an empty bottle of something that really worked for me and wish i could get more. It’s a mix of Ibuprofin (for my migraine pain) and some sleeping agent. It was called… something PM. Advil PM. That was it. I only used it for my migraines and it was wonderful.

Aster's avatar

^^^^^^^^^^^ why can’t you get any more? I’ve heard of Tylenol PM but not the Advil.

cazzie's avatar

@Aster I don’t like in the US. My husband was visiting and bought some for me, thought it might help to try it and it did. We can’t get anything like that here without a prescription and even WITH a prescription, I doubt my doctor would ‘approve’.

Joybird's avatar

I did a mental health workshop on this issue. Valerian is the only substance that not only produces sleep but restorative sleep as well. It is also not addictive although I would not recommend stopping it cold turkey if you have been taking it daily for a month or more. It does not come in a prescription and is available from most herbal stores and some grocery stores.

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