I’m trying to google this information but can’t come up with a straight answer. Anyone know from experience or know from facts.Benadryl is good up to 50 mg i read, how about Melatonin?Thanks.
Benadryl is, as you must know, an over the counter med like sominex, nytol, tylenol PM, advil PM, etc. The ingredient for sleep in these meds is the same—Diphenhydramine HCl. If you look at the label of these meds, they say that these pills are recommended for short term use only, usually for not more than a few weeks. If the insomnia persists, the recommendation is to see a doctor.Melatonin is more “natural” but, in my opinion, has not been sufficiently studied in terms of its long term effects. It is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland. Some professionals fear that if you take melatonin on an extended basis, it could make the pituitary gland “lazy” so it would not produce enough melatonin naturally. Also, people give lots of different doses for melatonin, from 1 mg up to 5 mg.In my opinion, benadryl is more dependable. You can usually get diphenhydramine HCl as a drug store brand generic and save a few bucks.I once wrote a long list of natural sleep aids. For no extra price I have included it below. It is so long that reading it may put you to sleep :=)What helped me a lot to fall asleep, especially when my mind was racing, was to lie in bed and listen to relaxation CDs, especially those that contain someone speaking with relaxing music in the background. The combination of voice and music is very soothing. Many of these CDs are available on eBay for very low prices.A warm bath is a great way to help you to sleep. If you can’t take a bath, you can give yourself a foot massage with slightly warm massage oil, sesame oil, or castor oil from a health food store.There are herbs that might help you to sleep, eg, valerian root, kava kava, chamomile, hops, passion flower, skullcap. Probably, valerian root and kava kava are the best. However, what most people don’t realize is that it can take a few weeks for some herbs to build up in your system before they work. The minerals calcium and magnesium might be helpful for sleep. You can also try 5-HTP or trytophan.A helpful technique is to relax your body one part at a time. So you could relax your feet, your lower legs, upper legs, moving up from your lower belly up to your chest, etc., until your whole body is relaxed.Of course, guided relaxation methods can help, imagining yourself in the country, the beach, or whatever is most soothing to you.If you have annoying thoughts or personal issues that run through your mind when you are trying to sleep, you might have to deal with those issues first. You might want to talk to a counselor or therapist about that. I suggest avoiding prescription sleeping pills unless nothing else helps.
I would go with Melatonin (start with 1 pill)I found it helped, but I had really weird nightmares which is a possible side effect.