Product Type: Boots health products
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Member Name: 2night
Date: 17/02/12, updated on 28/08/12 (2395 review reads)
Advantages: Not as strong as "real" sleeping pills
Disadvantages: For some it may be the fact that they are not as strong as "real" sleeping pills
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
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