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I Take Benadryl For Insomnia

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    Works Like A Charm...

    I've had a constant trouble of falling asleep, and I'm not always a fan of those heavy sleeping pills, so instead on nights I know I won't be able to fall asleep, I simply pop two benadryl about an hour or so before I go to bed. It knocks me right out; however, I don't do this on...
    SecretsofWillow SecretsofWillow 18-21, F Apr 25, 2012

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    My Insomnia

    I take benedryl for insomnia sometimes. I don't every night because I don't like the way it makes me feel sometimes. Too groggy the next day. And it does'nt work. If I take it every night. Sometimes I take melatonin. But that does'nt work every night either.
    georain georain 41-45, F May 19, 2011

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    Finding Mr. Sandman With Mr. Benadryl

    I have trouble falling asleep. I often find myself staying up very late into the night, or not sleeping at all, because of anxiety or tangential thoughts. My mind won't turn off, and sometimes the only way to unwind is just to zone out in front of the television. But, there are...
    PatientRapunzel PatientRapunzel 31-35, F 9 Responses Feb 7, 2006

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    Tread Carefully

    As a seasoned insomniac, I often take prescribed meds. I've used benadryl in the past with inconsistent results. Tonight, I took benadryl, got into bed and tossed and turned before getting up to google "benadryl" to see the listed side-effects. Low and behold, one of...
    dotchka dotchka 36-40 2 Responses Jun 25, 2009

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    Benadryls, A Gift And A Curse

    I've swallowed them whole, crushed them up and drank them, snorted them, taken them sublingually... Sometimes they can be a life saver but the hangover I get is killer. I'm like a zombie the entire next day. Often times, I probably would have been better off just staying up...
    LongJahnSilver LongJahnSilver 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    ill take 5 or 6 of these i love the feeling i

    havent lately though when i take pills i always gotta take more than needed but i havent been doing that i inly did it when i was sad sad sad....
    XblueXroseX XblueXroseX 18-21, F Mar 13

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    Diphenhydramine Made Me Trip

    I took ten pills which is way too many but I took five to start. Then I forgot I took them at all, it makes you forgetful, and took five more. I saw **** no man should see. I saw huge spiders, with bat wings and giant demonic creatures, just bending the tree limbs to sit. The...
    mrdoesitandsayswhatsup mrdoesitandsayswhatsup 18-21 1 Response Aug 16, 2012

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    On Mediciene My Self To Help Me Sleep

    I can relate to you on going to bed real late and hard to wake up the next morning,before my doctor put me on siraquill I was up 24/7 I would lay in bed with my mind racing it was hard to sleep I would keep my husband awake he had to go to work the next day I made an...
    littleirish02 littleirish02 46-50, F Oct 22, 2010

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    Works Better

    I have always been a light sleeper which was fine when I was single, but as a married women sleeping with a sleep mover mate has changed my sleeping pattern more than I can spare. I have been taking many OTC sleeping meds but by far the best for a good night sleep...
    kg12781 kg12781 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 6, 2009

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    Me Too!!

    I take Benadryl too!  I was taking tylenol pm and then my doc told me to take benadryl because it was better and not habit forming.  It also helps with my sinuses and allergies.  I love it!
    eyeore55 eyeore55 41-45, F Jun 9, 2007

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    Yeah i tried... Then it didn't work out

    so well. It got worse... Lol
    Dapperness Dapperness 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    I Quit Them

    I was on Benadryl and some other narcotics. It was so heavenly to be able to sleep, even a drug induced, nightmare infused slumber was welcome, but it was too good, and next thing you know I'm addicted. Now I've quit because someone I hate very much made an unpleasant comment...
    C3C3C3 C3C3C3 13-15, F Nov 28, 2012

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    On the Weekends, Sometimes I T...

    On the weekends, sometimes I take Benedryl or Nyquil to help me sleep, but only if I am also having a bit of a cold.
    eyes eyes 31-35, F Nov 19, 2007

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    Recommended By a Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner

    My husband was having leg spasms 17 years ago after a spinal cord surgery--his leg would jerk every 20 seconds & I couldn't sleep.  I called his surgeon's nurse and asked if there was any medication he could take for this.   She asked me if HE was...
    lightsleeper lightsleeper 61-65 Sep 18, 2008

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    Lovely Benadryl

    I don't think it's so bad. If it works, it works. I don't do it often, partly because I find that the effect lasts up to a day after.
    mereidmo mereidmo 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 26, 2008

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    I Do Have Allergies

    II started taking the benedryl when my daughter was an out of control teenager and went to jail. She was safe, so I didn't have to go heading out into the night to find her, yet I was so worried about her, I couldn't sleep. She got much better, grew up, got married, but I still...
    vibrante vibrante 41-45, F Nov 26, 2012

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    My Struggle With Lack Of Sleep & Meds

    The first that I remember having insomnia was when I was about 11. An uncle gave me a sleeping pill and I felt like I was walking on clouds, really thick soft clouds and such a feeling of utter and complete peace. I've been searching for that feeling all my life and I'm 57 now...
    nightangel53 nightangel53 56-60 3 Responses Jan 21, 2011

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    Nurse's Advice

    Step mom's a nurse. Benadryl's an awesome non-habit forming sleep aid. I use it when I need it.
    Judah Judah 21-25, M 2 Responses May 6, 2007

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    Can't Get To Sleep? Insomniacs Anonymous Project

    CAN'T GET TO SLEEP? INSOMNIACS ANONYMOUS PROJECT Whilst the rest of the world is sound asleep are you kept awake by thoughts buzzing around your head? We want to hear those voices; from the mundane, quizzical and funny to the dark, introspective and anxious. Call, leave a...
    insomniacsanonymous insomniacsanonymous 26-30 Nov 13, 2012

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    Benadryl Hallucinations

    I started taking benadryl two at a time and that did the job for a little while. Then I started abusing them taking them ten and twelve at a time and found myself talking to people that were not there. Alot of time they would say something to me and I would start to answer them...
    1iopen 1iopen 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 5, 2013

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    Used to Take Benadryl

    I've gone through bouts of insomnia where I absolutely could not fall asleep. I discovered that Benadryl makes me sleepy, so even if I didn't need it, I would take it to help me fall asleep. The strange thing is that a lot of the over the counter sleeping pills have the same...
    lilbopeep25 lilbopeep25 21-25, F Oct 16, 2006

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    Cheap and Effective

    I take one tab of benadryl every night with my other meds, just so I make sure I sleep.  If I don't take it, I either don't sleep, or I don't sleep well.  My girlfriend takes Ambien, which is great stuff too, but I can't afford it and she gets it through her insurance...
    vampireheart vampireheart 31-35, T Aug 14, 2008

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    Benadryl Will Also Cause Weight Gain With Long Term Use

    A well-known side effect of Diphenhydramine is weight gain.
    TryingToHaveTheLifeIWant TryingToHaveTheLifeIWant 46-50, F 10 Responses Mar 31, 2008

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    Once In A While

    I don't do it as often anymore, mainly because if and when I do, I need to take much more than I should just to get even the slightest bit of an effect. I only do it when I am particularly desperate. Another contributing factor is that my parents will question why it disappears...
    HaydenLaRue HaydenLaRue 18-21, F Mar 17, 2011

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    Last Night...

    I've been taking Benadryl for a while to help with insomnia. I've tried OTC sleep-aids but they end up giving me nightmares. Benadryl doesn't. I took two last night to help me get to sleep since I was on the verge of a panic attack about what happened with my car. I took two and...
    DietIcedTea DietIcedTea 36-40, F Jun 25, 2009

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    Which I'm Sure Is Not Good For Me

    About twice every month I have a week where I have really bad insomnia. It's usually because for some reason my brain just will not shut the f*** up at night. So I take a couple of benadryls listen to the boring inner monologue going on in my mind, and then about an hour later I...
    explainit2me explainit2me 22-25, F Oct 26, 2010

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    For The Past Few Months.

    I've been taking benadryl for insomnia for the past few months now. It's the only way I can ensure a night of sleep. But I really hate it. I wish I didn't have to resort to taking medication just to sleep, even if it is over the counter. When I don't take it, I don't sleep. That...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 1 Response May 19, 2010

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    Anything

    When I can't sleep I look for anything that will help. I buy PM's by the tubs and have nyquil and benadryl and more. Sadly nothing works anymore and that SUCKS!
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2008

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    It Is Better Than Another An Rx Sleeping Aid.

    Benadryl or diphenhydramine, the generic name which is also what is in all the OTC sleep aids, except for herbal ones is probably the best thing to take. It doesn't cause any interactions ( unless allergic to it) and is not habit forming. If I take it early enough I don't feel...
    minimoto71365 minimoto71365 41-45, F Nov 6, 2010

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    Well I've Tried Before

    I've tried sleeping pills and Benadryl to try to put me to sleep before, a couple of times it helped but not most of the time. I never wanted to depend on any sort of pill or medicine to put me to sleep, I always wanted to be able to handle things myself. Besides anything that is...
    MiracleWhipTrickster MiracleWhipTrickster 18-21, M 5 Responses Jan 21, 2011

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    When I Can't Sleep, I T...

    When I can't sleep, I take Benadryl because it knocks me right out
    aaronf1991 aaronf1991 16-18, M Nov 19, 2007

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    Mother Knows Best

    My mom suggested this to me once.  I was having some problems with my legs (I don't have RLS but sometimes my legs just act all weird) and I couldn't sleep because of it.  My mom said to take Benadryl and I kind of laughed because my mom can take Tylenol and it knocks...
    somewhatlost somewhatlost 26-30, F Mar 25, 2008

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    I take Zzz quil and in sore

    that it is making me sick in other ways. So I will deal with the lack if sleep and read more. FML
    Zeita75 Zeita75 36-40, F Mar 23

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    Use To Use It

    I take a pill prescribed by my Doctor and I sleep thru the night   (Trazedone) I sleep like a baby without side affects  good luck.  Will use benadryl as a back up.
    acryforhelp acryforhelp 56-60 2 Responses Jan 30, 2011

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    Way Past That

    I've stepped my game up to sleep aid.  I can't play around with Benadryl anymore.  It doesn't so a thing for me anymore.  Plus I'm on Symbax, which could knock out a horse.
    justagirl21 justagirl21 21-25, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2006

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    I have sleep apnea as well

    and have had insomnia most if my life. I take Benadryl at nite to help me fall asleep and it helps me tremendously. I recommend taking 2 at nite and you will fall asleep pretty quickly
    denaellis575 denaellis575 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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