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Know of a mild OTC sleep aid?

I need a little help getting to sleep sometimes. Any recommendation that is mild and you found helpful? Thanks!!


Asked by elizabr at 1:27 PM on Nov. 21, 2010 in Health

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  • None of the are good for you at all. I've turned to all natural herbal teas. I mix the recipes myself and they work amazing with no side affects whatsoever. Send me a message if you want some recipes.

    Answer by ShouldHaveLeft at 1:30 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Tylenol makes one that I like, as long as I take it about 9:30 or so I don't wake up groggy.

    Answer by Scuba at 1:28 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Melatonin.

    Answer by m-avi at 1:37 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Many times they will recommend benedryl(Diphenhydramine HCI)-which is very effective if you use it occasionally. However if you use it for an extended period of time you must be aware of the side effects. Loss of short term memory is one of them. I use a Sleep Aid that is sold by Costco by that name. I wake up bright and ready to go in the morning-so I really like it. And I haven't heard of any side effects. The key ingredient in that is the same that is found in Unisom-I don't what it is right off hand.

    Answer by MamaAlice54 at 1:38 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • I take Melatonin and it puts me right to sleep.

    Answer by onemellowmom at 1:41 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • The problem with Melatonin is that since your body makes it naturally, once you start bringing it in from a synthetic outside source, your body slows or ceases the production so when you need it again naturally, it may take a long while to kick in.

    Answer by ShouldHaveLeft at 1:47 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Melatonin. Take about 20 minutes before you want to go to sleep or, if you have trouble waking in the middle of the night, then take half the dose 20 minutes before bed & the other half when you go to bed.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 2:04 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • A spoonful of honey an hour before bed and a pot of chamomile tea. Add a hot bath and some warm pj's...voilà! Sleepy time!

    Answer by BluDog at 2:11 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • I like the Tylenol golden vanilla or warm vanilla...

    Answer by JazzyJes at 3:40 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Melatonin

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 3:41 PM on Nov. 21, 2010