User Reviews for Advil PM to treat Insomnia
Advil PM has an average rating of 6.8 out of 10 from a total of 13 ratings for the treatment of Insomnia. 62% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 23% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Advil PM
"I've never been the type to get a solid night sleep. For years I've slept 3 or 4 hours and woke up tired but unable to fall asleep. It truly made for days and days on end of being miserable I've also never been a "Pill" person so I never tried any kind of sleeping aid. One day I simply decided to try some form of OTC sleep aid and Advil PM was the first one I found. The difference it's made is amazing. I take 2 an hour before I plan to fall asleep and I am out. No more tossing, no more turning, simply laying down and sleeping. For the first time in my life, I look forward to going to bed. Only draw back is, after 6 solid hours of sleep, I tend to wake up feeling a little out of it but that goes away after my first few rounds of coffee."
"After two years of insomnia I was given a sample of Advil pm and it was the answer to my prayers! Unless you’ve experienced the torture of insomnia you can’t understand how precious a good night’s sleep is! It has also been a saving grace to me when I’m suffering from migraines. I’m so grateful to have this to go to when the going gets tough!!"
"So I’m 69 yrs old and for the last few years I’ve only been getting 5 hrs sleep a night. I tried 2 Advil pm a year ago and it knocked me out but I was hung over the next day so I stayed away from it because I couldn’t function that way the next day. Recently I decide to try just taking 1 at bedtime and that did the trick . I sleep for 8 hrs an I’m not tired the next day. Alleluia!"
"I am a a 75-yr-old male veteran in generally good health. Sleep apnea controlled by a C-PAP machine; however, rarely got more than 6 hours sleep. Advil PM worked as a sleep aid for my wife, so I tried it with great results. Two Advil PM (NOT just plain Advil) have worked extremely well to pretty much guarantee me 8 hours of sleep. (Be advised that my wife tolerates me a LOT better when I sleep well!)"
"I often work overnights and am also often jet lagged. After a while of this I can no longer sleep 8 hours. Usually wake up after 4 hours. I bite one pill in half before I go to bed and I sleep all night then. More than half and I will feel hungover. Recommend not taking two as the directions say. Start with half, if no help, take the other half."
"It works for mild case of insomnia. I feel tired at night but I have an over active mind that won’t shut down plus some neck pain and this makes it easy to sleep. Right around the 30-45 minute mark after taking it I’m falling asleep. Finally getting 7 hours!"
"It works well as a sleep aid, using a single pill. I've been using it nightly for a couple years but lately I've been extremely tired during the day. Other recent issues that are listed as possible side effects are an occasional underarm rash (looks similar to a burn) and swollen feet. I'm going to stop taking it, as perhaps the active ingredient has built up in my system."
"I'm 67 yrs old and often wake up around 3-4 am to urinate. I then find it difficult to fall back to sleep when I need to get up at 6 am for golf 2x week. But if I take a 1/2 Advil PM 30 minutes before I go to bed I often don't wake up to pee, but if I do I fall back to sleep in moments. Been using for years if I have sleep deprivation issues more than 3 days in a row. If I sleep 7 hrs after taking, I am rested after my shower and ready to hit the links."
"I have degenerative disc disease and lumbar spinal stenosis. I've been through cortisone injections, chiropractic, nerve ablation. Nothing helps for very long. OTC NSAIDs do nothing. Pain interrupts my sleep. I was desperate for sleep and so I took 2 Advil PM at 10:30 pm. Although it put me out, I literally could not get out of bed until after 2 pm the next afternoon! I woke up at 10 am and stumbled to the bathroom to use the toilet. After almost 12 hrs of sleep, I felt like I couldn't keep my eyes open, my heart was palpitating, my hands were slightly shaking. I fell back into bed and slept another 4 hrs until 2 pm!!! Even after getting up and getting dressed, I still felt fuzzy-headed. I can't take liquid NyQuil when I'm sick because it has the same affect on me. Bottom line, while Advil PM does put me to sleep, I can't stand the after-affects. I'll be looking for a natural pain/sleep aid in the future."
"When I cannot get back to sleep after my regular meds only lasted 2 hours I try Advil PM. It does not work, or else takes a couple of hours for one or two hours of sleep."
"Needed a sleep aide. Yes, Advil PM did its job. However, the next day I woke up extremely irritated and with a mild headache. It felt like I was hungover for the latter of the day. No Thanks!!!"
"I took 2 pills and waited for 5 hours hoping it would kick in. Tossing and turning all night. I was wide awake at 2am. Don’t waste your money."
"Very positive experience taking 2 x blue Advil PM pills a night. No side effects and wake up feeling good. I am 61 Maie."
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