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What is the best nonprescription sleep medication?

Asked by MrHandsome (5points) September 28th, 2008

I just can’t sleep at night! I have insomnia but I don’t want to have to get on Ambien or something like that. What can I take over the counter?

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Magnus's avatar


La_chica_gomela's avatar

I usually take Benadryl. Lord knows it makes you sleepy when you’re just taking it for allergies.

fireside's avatar

Exercise may work.
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chyna's avatar

I have tried a dietary supplement called melatonin that seems to work for me. It is non prescription.

gailcalled's avatar

Benadryl helped neither my insomnia nor my allergies. And I had my hopes up. Sometimes a few days on an Rx for sleeping will break the cycle. I use exercise, D3, B complex, calcium and Milo (a breathing hotwater bottle).

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Advil PM is just Advil with Benadryl in it…just so you know.

basp's avatar

try watching Mayberry re runs on late night cable television.

blastfamy's avatar

Even better… Little house on the Prairie syndication snore

gailcalled's avatar

No cable here in hicksville. (Hi, Jean).

jeanm's avatar

Melatonin. Available at heath food stores, 5 mg dose, useful during long airline flights as well as when you just can’t fall asleep at home. (Hi, Gail!)

jrpowell's avatar

Another vote for melatonin.

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Comedian's avatar

Like Jack, hypnosis. Check out Travis Fox

It worked wonders for me. I no longer have to take a sleeping pill at night

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks for the back-up, Comedian; you’ve been added to my Will.

I had a friend once tell me, “Insomnia isn’t worth losing any sleep over.”

tupara's avatar

Kava if you can get it where you are. I get it from the local supermarket already ground in 100g bags. It’s a great relaxant, first your tongue goes numb then your legs. Or Doxylamine Succinate which is an antihistamine that acts as a calmative and sedative. I get it in an over-the-counter pain reliever called Mersyndol.

Comedian's avatar

@Jack: Thanks. What do I get?

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La_chica_gomela's avatar

not to be a downer, but I was just looking at this article about valerian:

“Dr. Andy Oxman, a senior scientist at the Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services” conducted a clinical trial on the use of valerian root as a sleep aid, with the following conclusion:

“Then, the results were announced on the TV show and published: Valerian had little or no effect on sleep. Some who maintained they had the supplement actually had the placebo and vice versa.”


scamp's avatar

Thanks for posting that. I took valerian years ago, and it seemed to help me. I guess it was all in my head! I stopped taking it because the smell/taste was nasty..eww!!

Zen's avatar

Chamomile tea. It’s amazing.

Kraigmo's avatar

Melatonin mixed with Benedryl or Valerian Root works great.

And yes, the combo is safe, as long as you don’t take more than 1 suggested dose for each medicine (2 benedryls 25mg + 1 melatonin 3mg OR 1 melatonin 3mg plus 5 to 9 valerian root capsules)

gailcalled's avatar

@Zen: Camomile tea is also wonderful for powdery mildew on plants.

Aster's avatar

Melatonin, sublingual.

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