I Take Benadryl For Insomnia

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    My Reliance

    I depend on Benadryl and Xanax to sleep. In Hawaii, I took it every day. It helped me think differently and write things I could not normally think of. But then there's the trips to the bathroom...#1 that is.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 6, 2010

    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
    8 Responses Feb 7, 2006

    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

    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

    I sometimes have trouble sleeping,

    so I take benadryl or some other sleep aid but tonight I forgot to...DOH! So what do you do when you can't sleep, well you check out groups and stories on EP of course...LOL.... Hope all you people who can sleep get a big charlie horse in your calf...I am just kidding ...sweet...
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    1 Response Jun 15, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Jan 30, 2011

    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
    22-25, F
    Oct 16, 2006

    Benadryl Dosage By Weight

    Benadryl for Insomnia...I know that Benadryl is usually taken according to your weight I definitely know that no matter how severe my insomnia might be, it is often advisable to ensure that i follow the recommended dosage to avoid taking overdose. I even saw an information...
    charlesniceguy charlesniceguy
    26-30, M
    Oct 5, 2013

    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 1, 2006

    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

    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
    41-45, F
    Mar 23, 2014
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    1 Response Aug 20, 2015

    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
    26-30, F
    Oct 26, 2010

    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
    22-25, M
    2 Responses May 6, 2007

    Only For A While

    I didn't think it would work since they have put me on alot of things for sleep already. Its still a little hard for me to go to sleep, but when i am sleep im out like a light. its hard to wake up.
    BrokenButterflies BrokenButterflies
    18-21, F
    Sep 8, 2010

    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

    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
    1 Response Mar 26, 2014

    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

    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

    Sometimes It'S The Only Thing That Gets Me To Sleep

    I used to be able to sleep. No problem. These days it's not so easy. I have horrendous nightmares. They aren't the usual serial killer nightmares or monster nightmares. These are a different breed... Almost every night I have nightmares about her being with the new girl. In my...
    LostLezzieLiz LostLezzieLiz
    22-25, F
    Aug 17, 2013

    Yup that's me. Going to take some tonight

    because I know I'm not going to sleep.
    gottabebettertoo gottabebettertoo
    36-40, F
    1 Response Nov 1, 2014

    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

    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...
    Chasing4flowers Chasing4flowers
    18-21, F
    Apr 25, 2012


    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

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

    When I can't sleep, I take Benadryl because it knocks me right out
    aaronf1991 aaronf1991
    18-21, M
    Nov 19, 2007

    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
    2 Responses Jun 25, 2009

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    insomniacsanonymous insomniacsanonymous
    Nov 13, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    3 Responses Jan 21, 2011

    Just an update: A year ago I completely stopped

    the Benadryl. I was having heart palpations at night and believe that it may have been partially caused by the Benadryl. I now fall asleep normally most of the time. When I can't sleep, I have a relaxation and meditation so that helps my brain calm down. My life stress is...
    vibrante vibrante
    41-45, F
    May 29, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    1 Response Aug 16, 2012

    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
    Sep 18, 2008

    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

    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

    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

    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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