Sleeping Aid

Sleep Aid. There are many different reasons why people have trouble sleeping, including depression, anxiety and stress. As many as one in three people experience mild insomnia and this itself can be associated with a higher risk of developing conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, stroke and heart attack. Lack of sleep also affects alertness and the ability to concentrate.

It can make it more difficult to carry out simple tasks and impairs short term memory. You may be more likely to be involved in an accident if you are seriously sleep deprived.

Although some people need less sleep than others, according to the National Sleep Foundation most people should sleep for eight hours a night. Not only how long you sleep, but also how well you sleep is important and you should aim for a restful and uninterrupted night.

If you would like to sleep better but prefer not to use prescription sleep aids, there are many over the counter remedies you might like to try.

Unisom Sleep Gels

These are available in packs of 32 Softgels as well as value packs containing 60 Softgels. The liquid-filled gels are designed to help you fall asleep quickly and enjoy a sound sleep so that you wake refreshed. They are not habit forming, which makes them safer than many sleeping aids. Each Softgel contains 50mg of Diphenhydramine HCL.

Unisom SleepTabs

These come in boxes of 32 tablets, each containing Doxylamine Succinate 25mg. The dose is one tablet. They have been proven to be safe and effective to help you fall asleep and are also easy to swallow.

Tylenol Simply Sleep

This sleep aid is available in bottles containing 100 Mini-Caplets each containing Diphenhydramine HCl 25mg. Safe and non habit-forming, Simply Sleep can be used to help you get a good night’s sleep when you need it.

Tylenol PM Extra Strength

Each bottle contains 225 caplets that combine 25mg of Diphenhydramine HCL with 500mg of Acetaminophen, a pain relieving drug. It is particularly useful for occasions when general pains or headaches prevent you from getting a restful night. It is not habit forming and because it does not contain aspirin, it will not upset your stomach. Tylenol PM Extra Strength should be taken a minimum of six hours before waking up. It is not suitable for children under the age of 12, and adults should ensure that they do not exceed the recommended dose of 2 caplets at night.

Acetaminophen PM Rapid Release GelCaps

These GelCaps produced by Kirkland contain the same active ingredients as Tylenol PM Extra Strength, and are sold in bottles of 375 rapid-release caplets. As they help to reduce pain and fever, they can help you have a good night’s sleep. The same precautions as those recommended for Tylenol should be taken.

Kirkland Sleep Aid

This helps you to fall asleep quickly and is a safe and effective aid to sleep. Like Unisom Sleeptabs, each tablet has 25mg of Doxylamine Succinate. There are 192 tablets in a bottle and the dose is one tablet 30 minutes before bedtime. As with other antihistamines, you should speak to your GP before taking them if you have glaucoma and certain other conditions. Do not take alcoholic beverages at the same time.

Diphenhydramine HCL 50mg Softgels

This sleep aid is supplied in packs of 96 liquid-filled capsules. These 50mg Softgels have maximum strength to give you a good night’s sleep when you need it.

Are over the counter sleep aids suitable for anyone?
These sleep aids mainly rely on antihistamines to make you feel drowsy and fall asleep more easily. They can be very effective for a few nights at a time, but it is not advisable to rely on them routinely over a long period as they can become less effective over time.

You should check with your doctor before taking antihistamines if you have chest problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema. You should also check their suitability if you have an enlarged prostate that causes difficulty urinating and if you suffer from glaucoma.

These preparations may not be suitable for anyone taking other drugs, the elderly and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you have chronic insomnia it is probably preferable to look at lifestyle changes rather than prescribed or non-prescribed sleep aids to promote good sleeping habits.

Following a regular sleeping schedule, avoiding naps in the daytime, cutting out caffeine, exercising regularly and trying to reduce stress can all help with a good night’s sleep.