People who have trouble sleeping may look to over the counter sleep aids for some much-needed relief, but how can you know which might be the best sleep aid for your sleep problems?
Sleep aids can be effective for short-term insomnia, long trips, or for helping you reduce your anxiety level for a short period of time, but do the over the counter products have any effect on chronic insomnia?
Let's take a look at the different types of sleep aids and how they work!
Nowadays we have a choice of both over the counter sleep medications, and also many herbal or nutritional sleep aids.
The main ingredient found in Diphenhydramine and Doxylamine products is an antihistamine, which essentially quiets the chemical messenger in the brain called histamine and helps people sleep at night. There are, unfortunately, some negative side effects of over the counter sleep medications that may prevent some people from getting a good night sleep despite taking the drug.
Valerian root, melatonin, 5-HTP, and herbal sleep aids work naturally with the body to help end your sleep deprivation and promote healthier sleep patterns. The good news is that they're wonderful for getting a good night of sleep now and then when insomnia hits, but they may not be as effective for treating chronic insomnia.
Depending on the type of sleep aids you are using, you may experience some side effects, especially with the over the counter sleep medications.
Always talk to your physician or health care practitioner prior to taking an over the counter sleep aid to make sure it won't interact or interfere with any other medications or vitamins you may already take.
Lifestyle changes are a must for those who suffer with chronic insomnia. No pill or natural remedy will help you sleep consistently long term without changing or eliminating the root cause of your sleeplessness. Some recommended tips for enjoying a solid night of sleep might include:
Over the counter sleep aids can be used to get a good night's sleep once in a while, but you must be prepared for the possibility of feeling groggy or fatigued the following day.
Each person reacts differently to any medication, whether it's considered over the counter or an all-natural product, so be prepared for the possible side effects.
The final verdict? Occasional insomnia can be treated effectively with over the counter sleep aids, but chronic insomnia sufferers will need to change their lifestyle habits and possibly consider a prescription sleep aid to get sleep at night.
Do you have an over the counter sleep aid that works great for you? Or other tips for getting a good night's sleep?
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