My mind gets going just as I am trying to sleep. I am looking for an over-the-counter med that might help as a sleep aid. What works best for you?
Melatonin works quite well and isnt habit forming. Diphenhydramine products (Tylenol PM, Advil PM etc) work ok if sleeplessness is occasional but your body gets tolerant of them quickly and they don't help for sleep much.
Sometimes it is a matter of adjusting your routine. I would try the melatonin 30min to an hour before bed and be sure to avoid food or alcohol several hours before sleeping, try a warm bath before bed to help you relax.
Avoid the computer right before bed or exercising right before bed. You want to provide a calm atmosphere before sleep so you have a smooth transition to sleep. They recommend that you use the bedroom for sleep and sex only. Don't work there or watch TV in there because this can lead to insomnia. If you just can't shut your mind down, get up and go into another room and read or do a soothing activity.
Melatonin really helps for me. It doesn't knock you out but it definitely helps soothe you and you don't have AM groggies like you do with other meds. Make sure that you don't have any lights shining too brightly in your room like a clock. Turn the clock away from your face because even the light from a clock can disrupt your sleep. Streetlights are another sleep disturber. "Black out" curtains can help if the light is from outside. With the melatonin and a soothing regular night time routine, you can retrain your mind to shut down for sleep.
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