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Benadryl to help you Sleep...anyone tried it?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Sep 28, 2020.

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  1. 2HBStrat

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    I've been having trouble sleeping and I remembered back when I had sinus problems that taking Benadryl at night for the sinus problems would help me sleep. So now I'm having sleep trouble but no sinus problems. Would it be safe to take benadryl exclusively for the sleep aid? Has anyone here tried this? Any bad side effects?
     
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    That sounds like a bad idea - I have no idea what the effects of taking benedryl are long term. If you are having sleep problems, I would consult a doctor for options.

    Benedryl is the only thing effective against my allergies, but I don't need to take it often. It makes me sleepy, but also restless at the same time. It makes me tired and lacking energy, but still have more difficulty getting to sleep because it makes my mind race.
     
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    Ask your doctor. I think that Benadryl or something along those lines is what's in "Tylenol PM". I use melatonin which is milder fairly frequently.

    That said, I was watching "House" and supposedly if you take antihistamine just to sleep without congestion, you may wind up sorta dried out. May be true, but "ask your doctor".
     
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    call your doctor, or ask advice of random strangers on the internet? which one makes sense?
     
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    Yeah, it works pretty well. No problem. I've used it a few times. Surprising, how many drugs/ "remedies" just have benedryl in them.
    It's like the aspirin of allergy, sleep medications.
     
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    I'd ask the doctor, then if they okay it, try it as see what works. I struggled with severe sleep issues and tried a lot of solutions from ambien to melatonin to st. johns wart to whatever else was prescribed or I found by researching. They all had drawbacks. Ultimately, I ended up just taking half a benedryll every night. For some reason, a small dose of benedryll was effective for me and I did that for years. I don't know if there were averse effects. But the main thing for me was melatonin worked but made me groggy the next morning and lost it's effectiveness over time, and ambien... I don't recommend it for a lot of reasons, very bad experience. Other stuff did not seem to do anything tbh.
     
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    Anything with "PM" in its name is an analgesic with Benadryl. I've had runs where I took a Benadryl every night to help me got to sleep, and that recommended by my physician.
     
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    Tried it, but it was a waste of time for me. Antihistamines don't have any affect on me other than drying me out.
     
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    I know people for whom a doctor has prescribed Benadryl for this purpose and as a far preferable substance than Ambien, etc. I can't vouch for it and have not used it, but it's not uncommon.
     
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    The lord of the rings books take me to sleep in no time ! sorry, can't help you with the medication.
     
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    Whenever my wife takes some she sleeps for 36+ hours.
     
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    Ask your doctor. Benadryl is definitely less nasty that some prescription sleep drugs, but it's still a drug and it knocks me out - like in a scary way - when I take it for cold symptoms. Melatonin (a dietary supplement, not a drug) helps me sleep when I have occasional trouble, but leaves me a bit foggy in the morning. YMMV.
     
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    I don't have any sleep problems but a relative used Tylenol PM for those restless nights.

    Good luck!
     
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    I started taking melatonin recently. It’s supposedly not habit forming (forgetting it occasionally, this seems to be true). It just seems to give the sleepies a little kick start.
     
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    It definitely helps me sleep, but also makes me drowsy the next day.

    I guess it depends on what you've tried.

    I take this too. If you need it, you need it! I have had problems falling asleep my whole life. I take 500 mcg- half a child dose- and I conk right out.
     
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    CBD oils, IF you can get them, Benadryl if you get bit by a wasp
     
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    I find the TV is really good for making me sleepy. I try to turn it off before I pass out. If I wake up, I turn it back on and watch for ten minutes or so, and I'm ready to nod out again.
     
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