Over the Counter Sleep Aids - Aug 7th
Pharmacist Brain Jones gives expert tips on picking over the counter sleep aids.
Common choices and the potential side effects include: Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Aleve PM, others). Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine. Side effects might include daytime drowsiness, dry ... Doxylamine succinate (Unisom SleepTabs). Doxylamine is also a sedating antihistamine. Side effects ...
Many Americans turn to sleep aids to relieve their insomnia. Numbers vary, but up to a quarter of Americans use some sort of sleep aid to help them fall asleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Between 6 and 12 percent of Americans use over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids specifically.
While it's generally okay to take an OTC sleep medicine when you suspect that "decaf" coffee wasn't really decaf, the best way to treat insomnia in the long run is to address the underlying problems, Dr. Sharma says. Her advice: Train your brain to associate the bed with sleep.