Non Prescription Sleeping Medicine

November 16, 2008

in Non Prescription, Sleeping Pills

Ok, so its 2am and you are having problems sleeping. Although over the counter sleeping products can take care of minor problems, their prolonged usage is not recommended in just the same manner as prescription sleeping pills. If the problem is not resolved it is advisable to seek professional help. I want to go over some alternatives on my blog, feel free to add more in the comments. I am sure many people know about nyquil etc but I want to hear what everyone is using!

Alternative Sleep Aids To Prescription Drugs

Unlike prescription sleeping pills non prescription sleep aids and over the counter sleeping products are generally administered and used without the help or recommendation of a physician. Nyquil is the brand name of the product produced by Vicks Company and it is widely used for treating cold and cough. Since Nyquil contains sedating antihistamines and hypnotics it is the poor cousin of prescription sleeping pills and its use and abuse is quite rampant. Nyquil is available in liquid and packaged capsules. Although people do take this drug for its benefits of inducing sleepiness, it is but a temporary solution just like Tylenol Pm.

Melatrol and Mellodyn are other such sleep aids taken by people for overcoming insomnia and being 100 percent natural they can be bought over the counter. Melatrol helps the production of hormone melatonin which is produced by the body to induce sleep especially during evening. Besides these non prescription drugs that are orally taken there are a host of other sleep aids too that can be used instead of prescription drugs. Among these is the use of Isocones which are generally worn on each wrist held in position by a light weight adhesive band. They act with gentle pressure with each involuntary movement of the hand during night sleep. It is an ancient art of acupressure and massage and is extremely helpful. Then there are cervical pillows, CDs and audio tapes that try to use the power hypnosis to induce sleep. Some tried and tested local remedies sometimes work much better in treating temporary sleep problems.


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lilymom24 November 16, 2008 at 10:28 am

I have never heard of isocones before. They sound similar to the wrist bands pregnant women wear to help with morning sickness. I may have to see if I can find these.

I don’t take Nyquil because I usually cannot sleep after taking it. I doze but never am able to get into a deep sleep and then I don’t feel very rested when I wake up in the morning.


hoygirl November 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

I used to have a very hard time sleeping at night. I would toss and turn for about 3 hours. I was put on antidepressants for panic attacks and I haven`t had a problem falling asleep since then. I wouldn`t suggest these for people that just can`t sleep though. They are very addicting and should only be used for depression and panic attacks. I have taken Nyquil when I was sick and it made me fall alseep fast.


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