“ Brand: Boots / Type: Home Diagnostics / Sleeping Tablets / Dosage Form: Tablets „
If I am stressed I have trouble with sleep, either I have trouble dropping off or if I do manage to drop off quickly, then I find I can snap awake during the middle of the night for absolutely no reason at all and it's just impossible to get back to sleep again. I drive my husband mad as I start to spend ages wriggling around the bed, trying to find a comfortable cool position.
Not wishing to resort to prescription drugs, I tried a bit of DIY and bought some of Boot's own brand 'sleeping tablets' called Sleepeaze. Not a very original name, I grant you, but I thought they might be worth a try as I had nothing to lose. I paid only £3.05 for a little box of 20 tablets, which the pharmacist assured me would only act as a very light to mild sedative and they wouldn't make me feel groggy the following morning.
The tablets are small and white and as they are coated, they are also very easy to swallow. I took two about half an hour before bed with a very small glass of water. I have used these sleeping tablets now on about 8 occasions so I have used up best part of my box of 20 tablets but I'm afraid that as a sleeping tablet they just don't do the trick for me at all. I think I might need something a little bit more industrial strength.
These tablets didn't help me to drop off and I found myself lying in bed 'waiting' for my self to feel relaxed and sleepy. I still wake up several times during the night and can't get back to sleep once I have woken up. This happens regardless of whether I have taken these tablets or not and I don't honestly think they make one jot of difference to the quality of my sleep.
On the upside, they don't make me feel groggy the following morning, either. That's possibly because they are absolutely hopeless, though, so as far as my recommendation of these pills go, I'm sad to say they are simply no good for me at all and I might as well have had a couple of Smarties before bed.
I give them only one star.
Working both day shifts and night shifts, as well as having kids and a partner who is an insomniac, often means that my sleep cycle is so all over the place that I really struggle to get to sleep. I have tried a number of remedies for this, both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical, one of which is Boots Sleepeaze 50 mg tablets. I have read some of the reviews on these tablets online prior to buying them and so I had high hopes. You can buy them directly over the counter without prescription, and a full patient information leaflet is enclosed that talks about doses, side-effects, warnings and contraindications for this medication.
These tablets come in a box containing 20 tablets and currently costs £4.59. Only one tablet is required per dose and so each dose equates to 23p each, which doesn't seem a bad price if it gets you a decent nights sleep. However, it is worth noting that Lloyds pharmacy make their own tablets also that have exactly the same active ingredient and this costs 50p cheaper. The active ingredient is Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 50mg which his actually an antihistamine, but one of the side effects of the antihistamine is drowsiness and so this is why it is possible to be used for sleeplessness also.
As I said, only one tablet for a full dose is required, about 20-30 minutes before bed time. They are easy enough to take and I haven't had any side effects (other than drowsiness) by taking them. Having said that, they also don't always seem to work for me either - and sometimes they can make me feel worse rather than sending me to sleep. The thing is, about 50% of the time, they do a good job and they do help to send me off to sleep - and when I wake I do feel more rested. The other 50% of the time, they do succeed in making me feel drowsy but not in sending me off to sleep, and on these occasions I tend to feel even more tired than I would have done without the medication. And for this reason, I am sometimes reluctant to take them, just because I don't know why they sometimes work for me, and sometimes they don't!
I would recommend that those having occasional sleep problems do try them - because when they work well they are great....but unfortunately I just can't count on them working all of the time.
Having had little to no luck at all while using Kalms sleep aid (I have recently written a review for that product) I was still desperate for something to help me get a more restful, peaceful, full nights sleep. I am prone to finding it heard to go to sleep at a reasonable hour, even if I'm totally exhausted and had been up since 6am that morning. It's true that I am a night owl but most night owls then sleep during the day, I can't do that. More times than not I would have had little to no sleep at night and then have to travel and sit in class all day where I would then be struggling to stay awake (how frustrating). I also work as a singer and lack of sleep can be heard on recordings, a lacklustre vocal performance is not what my clients want. I have been using ear plugs to block out noise as I try sleep at night ( I'm also a very light sleeper ) and they work great. But noise is just one part of the problem, trying to turn off my brain and drift away seems to be my biggest problem. And as most of us know lying in bed wide awake isn't the best thing to do as problems, situations, and worries always find there way into your mind and set up shop determined to make you feel as miserable as possible.
Having tried the "herbal" alternative and not wanting to take the more heavy form of sleeping pill that my doctor was willing to prescribe I decided to try these Boots Sleepeaze Tablets as they contain Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride, this is commonly used in non prescription sleeping pills and sleeping aids. Boots sell two different boxes of the same medication under the same name. The only difference is the milligram dosage per pill. You can either buy the 25mg box of 20 pills, they cost £2.85. Or you can buy the 50mg box, also of 20 pills, and they cost only £4.59. I decided to buy the 50mg, my reason for this was the fact that I would have been taking two of the 25mg each night, so why not just take one 50mg pill instead and in the long run they would work out much better value.
They both come in identical light cardboard boxes which are a dark blue, starry night sky design. Inside the box there is a foil blister pack of pills each housed in their own individual pouch. There is of course the all important information leaflet included. As I always say when reviewing medications please make sure to read this leaflet the first time you are going to use the medication. And every time you purchases the same medication again, as the information on the leaflet may have been updated since the last time you looked. New side effects and warnings are being reported and added every day to medications. Also it is your right to ask to see the internal leaflet before purchasing. These tablets are of course not within reach of the public, they are always held behind the Boots pharmacy counter so remember to ask there.
These pills are NOT to be taken by persons younger than sixteen years of age and are not recommended for persons that suffer form asthma (of which I am one, but thankfully I had no adverse effect and I of course asked my doctor before use). They should not he taken in conjunction with alcohol and will result in drowsiness so don't drive of operate heavy machinery. There is a full list of dos and don'ts on the leaflet or the Boots website.
I took one of the little, round, chalky 50mg pills with water as directed 20 minutes before bed. Within a half an hour I was feeling nice and relaxed, turned off the light and it took me around another ten minutes to fall asleep. I was glad to find that I wasn't drugged out of my mind, as I woke just like I normally would a couple of times that night. The only difference was I was able to go back to sleep quite quickly. I'm glad to say that these pills have worked for me. I don't take these every night, not even every week. I tend to take one of these if I know I'm going to have trouble sleeping that night because I have something particularly annoying on my mind. Plus they tell users that continued use will result in diminished effect of the active sedative ingredient.
The following morning I wasn't sluggish like you can be after a heavy sleeping pill, or a sleepless night. I just felt rested and refreshed, once I woke up fully that is. I'm like a zombie for around a half an hour after first getting up and these pills or any pill in the world will ever change that.
These didn't turn me into a scene from sleeping beauty with me singing to the birds with a manic smile on my face. They just made me feel like I had a good nights sleep and that's all I wanted.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
These are available at most Boots pharmacies for £4.59
I occasionally have trouble sleeping which can last for a few days at a time. When it gets to a couple of days then I usually have to take something to try and help me sleep a little better. I like Nytol and also Kalms tablets but I have found myself turning to boots own brand of over the counter sleeping tablets which are called Sleepeaze.
The reason that I have started to buy these over the more well-known brands is because it works out cheaper buying these than buying those and also because they contain the exact same active ingredient as Nytol do but in a higher dosage than the normal Nytol.
The active ingredient is Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride which is used as an antihistamine and as a sleep aid.
In Sleepeaze tablets the dosage is 50mg whereas in Nytol it is 25mg so these are a little bit more powerful. It also means that I save money as I only need to take one of these whereas with Nytol I need to take two.
They cost £4.59 which is for a box containing 20 tablets and this box can last me for months as I only like to take them for a couple of nights maximum at any one time.
When taking them I don't find them to be really powerful and they certainly don't just knock me out straight away but I do find that they seem to relax my body and make it easier for me to fall asleep.
I take one with a glass of water and after about 20 minutes I can feel it starting to get to work and 9 times out of 10 they relax my body enough to make it easier for me to fall asleep. They also have the added benefit of making my sleep deeper and when I actually do nod off I don't wake as much through the night and I always feel much more rested in the morning than when I don't take them.
As these are over the counter you don't need any sort of prescription to buy them and they are pretty safe to use but as they are actually a medicine it pays to read the enclosed leaflet to make sure that there are no contradictions to you taking them.
These are really good tablets and I find that they work well for me. For proper insomniacs then they probably won't do the job but for people like me who are only plagued by occasional bouts of sleeplessness they really do help with getting you a restful nights sleep.
On occasion I am prone to sleeplessness and sometimes this will come to a head over several days and leave me feeling tired, restless and irritated. In the past I have resorted to using prescribed sleeping pills but when I was out recently and did not want to visit the Doctors I thought I would try something different. I spotted these tablets in Boots and they were available in 25mg and 50mg table form. I thought that I would go with the 50mg as I wanted something that was going to be very effective.
These tablets come in a cardboard box and there is a blister pack holding the tablets in place. This is standard packaging really. There is also a leaflet within the box showing all the usual information about side effects and what not it also contains some tips on how to deal with sleeplessness.
These tablets are suitable for adults only which is listed as being anyone over 16. Anyone with allergies to any of the ingredients should avoid these as should pregnant women, those with asthma and those with stomach ulcers. The dosage requirements for the 50mg tablets are simple, one per night. I take mine with water for easy swallowing.
The price of these tablets is currently £4.59 for a packet of 20 which seemed very reasonable to me. Cheaper than a prescription charge anyway!
As I stated above I started using these when I was needing a new prescription for my sleeping tablets. My tablets are usually a last resort after concurrent nights of not being able to sleep properly. These tablets are very simple to swallow and I usually take one once I have tried to go to sleep and suffered for two or more nights in a row. This tablet is very simple to swallow but it does have a slight after taste to it. This can have a slightly powdery taste to it but I swallow mine quick and never break them in half.
Each time within around 45 minutes of taking the tablet I was able to comfortably drift off to sleep. I did find that these tablets helped me to ease off to sleep with a lot less difficulty. I would say that I probably got to sleep a good hour or two earlier than I would have without them and this is more than enough for me. Sometimes the worry of not being able to sleep makes things worse to be honest.
I was very pleased with these tablets. They were simple to swallow and most importantly I felt like they helped me get off to sleep quicker. When I wake up in the morning I feel refreshed. Not sure whether this is because the tablets or because I slept for longer than normal but either way these tablets made me feel refreshed and sleep better than normal so I would firmly recommend them.
Boots offer 2 different packs of sleeping tablets which are formally named "Boots Sleepeaze Tablets".
Sleepeaze are available in either 25mg or 50mg tablets. This review discusses my use of the 50mg tablets. The sleeping tablets are suitable for relief of "temporary sleeplessness" Each tablet contains 50mg of an active ingredient known as "diphenhydramine hydrochloride". This ingredient is part of a sedating antihistamines medicine range.
A blue box containing various bits of information holds a foil backed pack of tablets. An information leaflet is also present with extended information and tips on how to relieve sleeplessness.
~Who Can Take These Tablets?~
Sleepeaze can be taken by adults over the age of 16. Those who are pregnant/breastfeed, have asthma, stomach ulcers etc should avoid and so should those who are allergic to any of the ingredients. Sleepeaze should not be taken with alcohol. They can become addictive so care should be taken and of course avoid driving or using machinery after taking Sleepeaze.
The 50mg tablets are designed to be one a night tablets and one should be taken with water 20mins before going to bed. The 25mg tablets should be taken 2 at a time.
These can be purchased over the counter is Boots chemists. The 50mg tablets are available in a pack of 20 priced at £4.59. The 25mg are also available in a 20 pack priced at £2.85.
When we moved home last August, I had trouble adjusting and would lay awake for several hours most nights. The next morning I would be exhausted and grumpy. My sister recommended Sleepeaze and I purchased a box of the 50mg variety from my local Boots. Really there isn't much difference between both packs as you end up taking the same dosage either way and in the long run, the 25mg pack would work out more expensive.
Since last August, I replaced my pack once. I don't take them often anymore as I tend to sleep quite well. Recently however, I have struggled to drop off. Not sure what is causing it to be honest but I remembered I had a box of Sleepeaze in the medicine cupboard. I will advise now that whilst I have never became addicted to these tablets, my sister can rarely sleep without them so please be very careful should you decide to take these.
So I get to the point where I know I am tired, I can feel my eyes drooping but when it comes to my head hitting the pillow, I toss and turn and generally annoy the hell out my fiance as I end up chatting a load of nonsence or getting up to watch the foxes outside! After my shift on the bingo (often around midnight), I start to get my PJs on, cleanse my face etc. If its been a long day where I know I'm simply not going to drop off quickly and up early the next morning, I will take a large glass of water and one of these sleeping tablets before getting sorted for bed.
Sleepeaze are easy to pop out the foil pack. They are small and round but quite thick. The powdery texture isn't pleasant if the tablet starts to dissolve in my mouth so a large gulp of water is needed to swallow this down. I don't recommend swallowing this down with sugary drinks as it basically defeats the purpose of the tablet.
Whilst the tablet doesn't immediately send me to the land of nod, it wasn't long before I felt able enough to drift off. I get comfy in bed, think about a few things and I would say with 30mins, I start to feel myself shutting down for a nights sleep. I feel Sleepeaze help well to get me to sleep but I have at times woken up throughout the night when taking these. If I do sleep through the night (I sound like a newborn lol), I wake up fresh and almost alive in the mornings as I have been able to get that extra bit of sleep when I first go to bed.
These aren't very cheap but for occasional use, they work for me so I cannot complain. I haven't experienced any side effects whenever I have taken Sleepeaze and they do their intended job so top marks all round.
Thanks for reading :)