We’ve all had those nights where no matter what we try, sleep just doesn’t come easy. You try natural remedies and even your dreamlike latex mattress can’t help you. You’re not sick and therefore can’t take NyQuil or other cold medicines that serve a dual purpose and you don’t want to be on prescription sleeping pills. This is a dilemma many people face and until now, there has never really been a solution for them other than to stare at the clock or count sheep until they finally pass out. Now, we can all find relief with several top of the line over the counter sleep aids, including ZzzQuil, by the makers of NyQuil (of course), Doxylamine, and Valerian. These sleeping aids promise to have the same effect on a sleepy person as NyQuil, without the cold and flu remedies. But do they all really work? Let’s find out more about these supposed saviors for the sleep-deprived.
The ZzzQuil website was a great resource for more information on this new sleep aid. Although ZzzQuil is brought to you by the makers of Vicks NyQuil, it’s not for colds. It’s not for pain. It’s just for sleep.
ZzzQuil contains diphenhydramine HCI, which is a big word for a small compound that helps you sleep. To help you stay awake and alert, your body produces histamine, a naturally occurring substance that interacts with receptors in your brain to promote wakefulness. Diphenhydramine acts as an antihistamine, which blocks your brain’s alertness to make you feel the opposite: drowsy. Studies have shown that diphenhydramine relieves occasional sleeplessness when used as directed, by reducing the time it takes for you to fall asleep so you feel rested in the morning. Diphenhydramine is non habit forming and as been approved by the FDA as an over the counter medicine for more than 30 years to treat occasional sleeplessness.
Probably the best part about ZzzQuil is the positive consumer feedback. According to the reliable reviews on DrugStore, users have given ZzzQuil a ratings of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Most of them have reported little to no side effects or habit forming.
Doxylamine is the second very popular over the counter drug for assisting with sleep. It can be used specially to treat occasional sleeplessness and also help to reduce the difficulty many people find with falling asleep. Doxylamine is an antihistamine. It works by depressing the central nervous system (brain) to produce drowsiness. The drug can be found most commonly in many over the counter store brand sleeping aids, as well as the popular Unisom sleeping aid.
The last sleep aid to go over is Valerian. Valerian is an herb sold as a dietary supplement in the United States. Valerian is a common ingredient in products promoted as mild sedatives and sleep aids for nervous tension and insomnia. Out of these three options, Valerian is the most natural option. It can also be combined with other botanical herbs. Valerian can be taken nightly and is seen more as a vitamin than anything else. Its natural elements and low side effect rate make it appealing to all.
Let us know which one out of these three over the counter sleeping aids you’d prefer to use tonight!
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