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      31.07.2013 20:22
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      not a sleep aid for me!

      There is nothing worse than not sleeping as it soon takes its toll both physically and psychologically and can transform a sane human being into an absolute wreck within a few days. Like many people I seem to be unable to 'switch off' the moment my head hits the pillow despite following medical advice ie having checked my bedroom is not too hot/cold, not too light, have exercised gently, had a warm bath etc. Enough was enough and I traipsed off to my friendly pharmacist to ask if he could help.

      I have tried Nytol's Herbal in the past but they had no effect so I had the choice of Nytol regular or Nytol One. I opted for the regular which has 16 caplets and cost me £3.50. Armed with the box and enclosed leaflet I felt more positive about enjoying a much-needed good nights sleep but unfortunately the claim that I would fall 'naturally into a restful sleep' I was still awake four hours after taking the recommended dose which I took before climbing into bed.

      Worse than that was that the soles of my feet started to itch and when I say that I really mean ITCH which is something I have never experienced before but has the misfortune to experience again when I took some Nytol a few nights later. I ended up at 4am crying with frustration still wide awake and literally wanting to chop my feet off. Furthermore, I felt as if I had a massive hangover the following mornings the days after taking the tablets - I had a thick head, a feeling of dehydration and slightly sick. I had not changed any of my routine nor altered my food intake or suffered any particular form of stress so can only narrow it down to these Nytol tablets.

      I now see in small print that Nytol state that 'most people drift off' but obviously I am not 'most people'. Needless to say I have disposed of the remaining ones and would never buy them again.

      I was keen to note down the composition which is diphenhydramine hydrochloride (apparently an antihistamine) because I want to make sure I steer well clear of any product containing this in the future!

      Nytol may work and work well for many people but certainly not in my experience. Whether you use these or not may I wish all readers a good night's sleep:)

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        31.07.2013 17:51
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        Nytol Caplets

        I have always had trouble sleeping and often find myself wakening up several times during the night. One of my go to's when I am having particular trouble sleeping or if I find I am wakening up loads during the night is Nytol.

        I have used these for years to help me sleep better and feel that they do work well. I have been given sleeping pills from the Dr before and of course these are nowhere near as strong but when I am exhausted and in need of a decent night's sleep these do help me to not only fall asleep but also help me stop wakening up so many times during the night.

        You can get different varieties of Nytol including the one a night pills and also the herbal ones (which are useless) but I prefer the original ones as I think that they are the most effective.

        They come in packs of 16 and cost about £3.50 to buy. The instructions say to take 2 tablets 20 minutes before bed but I like to take them about 45 minutes before I go to bed as I think that they just have that little bit longer to work that way.

        When I take them I usually do something relaxing before I go to bed so that I am as relaxed and ready for sleep as possible and when I do get into bed my body is as prepared as it can be for sleep.

        After I have taken a couple of Nytol pills I can feel my body slowly start to wind down and I can tell they are working as they start making me yawn and I do start to feel more tired. I find that getting to sleep is easier when I take these and that my sleep is less disturbed when using them. I don't wake up as much during the night and when I wake up in the morning I feel much more rested and they don't make me groggy.

        I really like these pills and take them ocassionally. I do try and limit the amount of times that I take them though as I do not want to start relying on them. They aren't something that is going to cure complete insomnia but I find that they do work on me and help me not only sleep but they also seem to make what sleep that I get more restful.

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          30.03.2013 11:10
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          A little helping hand

          Talking to my friends and family I know it is a common occurrence to have periods where we don't sleep well. Luckily mine are few and far between but with two children and a job I cannot afford to be tired so if I am having a week where sleep is hard to come by I try and do whatever it takes to help myself sleep and relax.

          I have tried loads of over the counter sleeping aides and some are much better than others. Most won't do anything to actually knock you out but some of them actually help to relax you and help you drift off. These original Nytol tablets are so much better than the herbal version that I tried but they still aren't the best thing I don't think and I have tried better tablets for helping you sleep.

          They cost around about £3.50 a packet which I think is a fairly reasonable price as some other tablets for helping with sleep cost much more.
          You need to take two tablets 20 minutes before bed. I always find that when taking the tablets it is good to do something extremely relaxing such as breathing exercises to help my brain settle down so that I am fully relaxed to actually be able to get to sleep.

          The tablets don't all of a sudden make you feel as though you are going to sleep after 20 minutes and to be honest I have taken these before and then remembered that I have things to do and got up and done them and didn't feel any more tired than I would have had I not taken the tablet. What they do do is make my sleep less disturbed.

          I find that when I have had to take these tablets that they have helped me relax (though I'm not sure how much of that is a placebo effect) but I have definitely slept better and woken up less when taking them. I don't think they would be much good if you are fighting against them for instance if your brain is too active and this is why you can't sleep but if you are just needing a little help to make your sleep more restful then these are quite a good product to try.

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            23.12.2011 10:53
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            A natural remedy to help encourage a normal sleeping pattern.

            I've never really had a problem with sleeping (I could actually sleep through an entire party full of teenagers going on in my house without waking) until the summer holidays came and I found myself with plenty of free time following breaking up from school. Normally by the time I fall into bed after a full day of work I'm absolutely shattered, half the time I can't even remember going upstairs and getting ready for bed I'm that tired! However in the summer I found myself suffering from a bout of insomnia at night, yet I was very tired during the day. My mum suggested I try some herbal sleeping tablets, rather than pacing the floors at midnight and creating a general nuisance of myself whenever I went back home to visit them.

            After consulting my local pharmacist I purchased a pack of Nytol tablets which are advertised as a "sleeping aid" rather than a "sleeping pill." Obviously the latter sleeping pill is something that I wanted to avoid at all costs and, to be honest, a few sleepless nights due to being off work didn't really concern me enough to venture towards a sleeping pill. They also offer a caplet variety and a herbal variety as well as the original variety that I went for. The tablets come in a blue box with a night scene and clouds in the background... very fitting really! Inside the box I bought there were sixteen tablets encased in a white plastic strip which had foil on one side. They required you to effectively "pop" them out to release them like other tablets.

            The tablets themselves were quite nondescript to be honest; they were white in terms of colour and long and thin in terms of appearance. They were very smooth due to being caplets which is advertised as making them easier to swallow. The first time I took one I was rather nervous about what was going to happen, I'm not sure if I was imagining it to be an instant effect whereby I'd be vertical at one point and then horizontal a second later! I took one along with some water, about fifteen minutes before my bed time, and had absolutely no trouble swallowing it at all. I then went about my routine as normal before getting into bed and reading for about ten minutes, I think I dropped off the first time while still reading!

            That first time I slept through the entire night, waking up around the time I normally did after about eight hours solid sleep. Usually I do wake up once or twice in the night but this time I didn't wake up once. I was expecting to feel a little drowsy or groggy when I woke up but I can honestly say I felt absolutely fine. I'm not sure what would happen if you took one or two Nytol and then got up about three hours later as they'd still be in your system so that's something to bare in mind! It's recommended that you don't drive, operate heavy machinery or drink alcohol immediately after taking these. The instructions recommend that you take one or two Nytol (if you're sixteen plus) twenty minutes before going to bed for the best results.

            Since then I've slowly worked my way through my pack of Nytol, I've now only got two left so I've managed to take one on fourteen separate occasions which isn't too bad over the period of nearly six months! I tend to only take them if I'm feeling anxious or worrying about something as that always keeps me awake at night. The whole point of Nytol is that it helps you get into or maintain a healthy sleeping rhythm, it doesn't knock you out and it shouldn't leave you groggy in the morning. The magic ingredient is an antihistamine called Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride which is something I've never come across before. You're also warned that these tablets should only be a temporary measure, and if symptoms persist you should consult a doctor.

            Nytol caplets currently retail at £3.40 at Boots, although they are widely available at the majority of chemists and even some supermarkets too for different prices. Personally I think that the price is quite reasonable, especially when I only take one at a time. I can see how it could get expensive if you were relying on them and taking two quite frequently, but if that was the case then you could consult a doctor to discuss alternative medication. I think that these do work really well, I've never had a problem getting to sleep quickly after taking one of them so I would fully recommend them. My friend however is much more dubious... she thinks they only work so well as I know I've taken one and it's more psychological... hmmmm....

            Thanks for reading!

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              31.03.2011 01:15
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              Half/Half.

              Who doesn't hate being tired? lying in bed for hours on end, forcing yourself to go to sleep but you just can't do it...

              I told my mum about the problems I was having and she recommend Nytol to me, she uses it because she also has trouble sleeping, my dad has said to me lots of times how much she can sleep after taking the tablets, I never thought of even buying some for myself so when my mum recommended them I bought them as soon as I could.

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              *The Price*

              The price I pay for these when I use them is £3.26.
              I buy mine from Boots.
              The amount of tablets which I get for that is 16.

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              *The Appearance*

              The box is a light blue and has Nytol wrote across a cloud, the look of the box does remind you of a nice dreamy state of mind.
              On the box is also a picture of 2 tablets, moon and stars plus the cloud.
              The tablets are easy to swallow and white, to use you push them out of the foil.

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              *Product itself!*

              Nytol say their tablets are clinically proven to help you sleep at night.
              Nytol has a wide choice of products to choose from, you will more than likely find one that will suit your needs.
              You don't need a prescription to get hold of these, they can easily be obtained from most drug stores.

              To use, you take two tablets 20 minutes before going to bed, if you are under 16 it is advised you do not take these tablets.

              Nytol says to consult your doctor if taking these while pregnant, breastfeeding or if your taking any other kind of medication.

              DO NOT TAKE IF YOU HAVE:

              - Asthma.
              - Barrow angle glaucoma.
              - Chronic pulmonary disease.
              - Shortness of breath.
              - Stomach ulcers.
              - Pyloro-duodenal obstruction.
              - Symptomatic prostatic hypertrophy.
              - Bladder neck obstruction.

              If you do have any of these conditions but want to take these, it says to consult your doctor.

              As with most medicines, this has side effects.

              And if you take one of these, DO NOT even think about driving! your risking the life of yourself and other innocent members of the public!!

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              *My Experience*

              I find these very easy to swallow, I usually swallow these with a glass of water, I find these have a horrible taste though, and it stays in your mouth for a while.

              I take two tablets 40 minutes before going to bed, I do this instead of 20 minutes before because I always feel a lot more tired and much more likely to fall asleep.

              The weird thing is, sometimes these will work extremely well, and other times these won't work at all!

              When they do work though, I find the tablets make me very drowsy and sometimes I will act as if I have had maybe 30 bottles of vodka, ok well maybe 2 bottles of WKD ( I'm such a lightweight! )

              I notice that when they do decide to work, I fall asleep in around 10/20 minutes, a lot better than my 2/3 hours! and I don't wake up for the rest of the night unless a wee wee calls!

              I haven't suffered from any other side affects, apart from drowsiness.

              Because they work sometimes, I do recommend them, but on the other side, I don't recommend them because I'm basically taking them and there doing absolutely nothing to me!

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              22.03.2011 11:14
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              good sleeping aid

              As you get older your sleep patterns change, it gets harder and harder to get to sleep especially if you have anything on your mind, but thinking that Nytol would help I bought a pack of 16 capsules to see if they made any difference to my getting to sleep at night.

              The pack is blue and holds the 16 capsules in push out foil strips, the doseage is two capsules to be taken twenty minutes before going to bed. Taking them when your in bed and then tryig to get to sleep probably won't work as you'll be waiting for the signs that they have started to work, so take them before you start to get ready for bed or when you are in bed reading abook then you'll have forgotten you've taken them and they will sneak up on you.

              I bought my packet of Nytol from Holland and Barrett's in town as I had seent he advertisement on television and thought I might try them, they pack cost me £4.00 which I thought was not too bad a price to pay to try and get a good nights sleep.
              If your pregnant you have to consult your doctor before taking these as there could be side effects and they are not suitable for long term useage, if you have insomnia for more than two weeks then there's probably something wrong that needs a doctor to sort it out.
              I occassionally take these as it's only certain times of the month that I can't sleep.

              I find that after taking these I can slowly drift off to sleep better, they don't just knock you out like some prescription medicines but creep up on you making you yawn a few times then fall asleep. I have unbroken sleeps too when I take these and they don't make me feel groggy in the mornings after waking up. I feel refreshed and ready for the day.

              I wouldn't recommend taking them every day as they aren't for that, but for the times when your really climbing the walls with no sleep then these can help and will ease you into a good rest. They are not be taken by those who are allergic to diphenhydramine or have asthma, stomach ulcers or symptomatic prostatic hypertrophy or bladder neck obstruction. They may also cause drowsiness so don't drive or drink after taking them and if your not sure if they are suitable for you consult a doctor first before taking.

              I will buy them again and recommend them to you.

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              08.04.2010 12:41

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              Good but not great

              In today's society it is often more surprising to speak to someone who has had a good night's sleep, with pressure at work, hectic lifestyles and early commutes to work becoming all the more common. Nytol appear to have found this and capitalized on it by introducing a product designed to help you get a good night's sleep.

              Available over the counter from many chemists, these little tablets are easily swallowed with water and start to take affect within 15-20minutes. I had the suggested dose of two capsules with water and whilst they did not knock me out, I did start to feel more tired and more relaxed which helped me to get to sleep ('takes the edge off getting to sleep' seems to be an accurate description). The sleep was not a particularly deep sleep and it didn't stop me from waking up four hours later like I often do without Nytol, but I do feel like I got to sleep easier. For people who will occasionally need help getting to sleep, these will get mostly good reviews but I imagine true insomniacs will find these useless and should really speak to their GP.

              The downside to any sleeping tablets is that they are easy to become dependant on them to get to sleep. After taking Nytol each night for a week, the night you stop you may find yourself frustrated at not being able to get to sleep as quickly, and then buying more (becoming dependent / addicted). Another downside is that they do not make you sleep for any longer but you will still wake up feeling groggy.

              If you have the self-discipline to only use them when necessary then they are good to keep nearby, although if you think you may become dependant then you are better off trying other non-medicated methods of getting to sleep easier.

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              23.01.2009 09:42
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              Reasonably effective, over-the counter sleep aid

              There are times in life when you just can't sleep and when you're tired, it's really, really annoying. We all probably suffer from insomnia from time to time, for a huge variety of reasons. For me, it's probably just a reasonably normal level of stress. If I'm working on a particularly busy project or have a particularly obstinate problem, it soon interrupts my sleep. I get into bed, feeling absolutely exhausted and then the lights go out and "bang" I'm wide-awake. It's like I can't turn my head off, hundreds of words, numbers and thoughts buzzing around like angry insects, irritating each other and banging off the inside of my brain.

              Most GPs will not prescribe sleeping tablets. They tend to be terribly addictive. Even after a very short course, your body soon starts to crave more and it's easy to get into a rapid downward spiral. There are, however, various alternatives available from pharmacists that aren't addictive and, through occasional use, purport to be able to aid a good night's sleep.

              The market leader, Nytol, retails at around £4.50 for 15 caplets. You can get them in most chemists, but you have to ask for them over the counter. They're sized at the usual size for these things (like a standard painkiller) and go down easily with a glass of water with no real taste. The standard dosage is for two capsules to be taken about twenty minutes before you go to bed, obviously to allow the drug to take some effect for when you actually hit the sack.

              The active ingredient in Nytol is diphenhydramine hydochloride. It's an antihistamine, which means that it's effective in alleviating the symptoms of allergies, insect bites and hives. Like most antihistamines, it also has a sedative effect - this is why hay fever sufferers cannot take antihistamines like Benadryl or Zirtek before driving because there is a risk that they might nod off at the wheel. Different antihistamines have sedative effects of different strengths and Nytol is probably best described as a relatively mild sedative. It doesn't promise to knock you out, it can only really help you fall asleep quicker and/or stay in a slightly deeper sleep once you're out.

              I use Nytol from time to time. There's also an herbal variety, but I found that completely ineffective. Nytol has a slightly better success rate, but is not something I would use very often, nor would I recommend it to anyone who's suffering from serious insomnia. As and when I use Nytol, I find that I can still lie in bed for a little while, but then suddenly, my mind seems to slow down artificially, enabling me to relax enough to nod off. I don't sleep any longer than I would do normally and always seem to wake up at the same time in the morning. Notably, however, it takes longer the morning after to wake up properly and I feel unpleasantly drowsy for a good thirty or forty minutes after I get up. As such, it's not to be recommended the night before an early start or before a day when you need to feel very alert, very early in the day.

              There are also side effects. I always wake up with a very dry mouth and throat and find myself drinking gallons of water the next day. Occasionally, the dryness verges on being an unpleasantly sore throat, which can offset the benefits of having a better sleep. The dehydration can also cause a headache - reported as a severe side effect in some, but something that seems to last for just a few minutes after I wake up for me. The warning leaflet lists a rather more protracted list of potential side effects (twitching, urinary infection, blurred vision, constipation and many more) none of which I've experienced but then everybody reacts to these things very differently.

              The reality is that (extreme stress aside) the only way to really ensure a good night's sleep is to ensure that you look after yourself and I've had much more success simply through being sensitive to my own body. Caffeine, for example, is a complete no-no - one cup of coffee and I will go without sleep for 48 hours. Music is also a critical factor - listen to pumping house music all day and, not surprisingly, your brain is too stimulated to relax properly. I find that a heavy meal late in the day is a recipe for a bad night's sleep, as is too much wine or cognac. There are ways to set yourself up for a good night's sleep. A hot soak in the bath, reading a good book, listening to some chilled music or rampant sex are all good ideas but the only surefire way is to condition yourself not to get stressed about it. Only very occasionally will I now turn to Nytol as I'm not convinced it's particularly good for me and, in all honesty, it isn't really that effective either.

              (For reference, the patient leaflet advises that this is not suitable for asthmatics, pregnant women, or for anyone suffering from gastric or intestinal obstructions, enlarged prostate or bladder neck obstruction. Personally, I'd just check with the chemist.)

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                18.01.2009 18:11
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                helpful aid to help you regualte your sleep pattern

                Being a student it is expected that nights are to consist of drinking and debauchery. Whilst this may be preferable for some I desire to be in bed by 11pm! Unfortunately my body doesn't agree with me and refuses to descend into the land of sleep until the early hours of 3 or 4am. I have always craved to be one of those people who can get 8 hours no problem and wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed. My sleep pattern has never been regular but I have decided that new year new me so it was time to iron out all flaws in my life.

                I had tried everything to regulate my sleep pattern, starting with diet and exercise. I made sure I was eating a varied diet, didn't eat after 7pm and exercised during the day to make sure I was both physically and mentally tired by the time came to hit the hay. This worked to some extent yet it still took me a few hours to drop off.

                I have always been apprehensive about using drugs to combat ailments due to the body coming accustomed to the drug. Even when I have a banging headache I will stave off the pain killers and instead just wait it out. As exam season came upon me I needed something that would guarantee a restful nights sleep so I turned to Nytol.

                You can buy Nytol from any good drugstore I bought mine from Boots pharmacy counter for £3.12. You get 16 tablets per box and you are meant to take two tablets 20 minutes before going to bed. Initially I wanted to buy the "one a night" Nytol capsules but the phamacist at the counter suggested I try the two a night first. I can only assume that the two a night capsules contain a lower dosage.

                So the time came to take the tablets - like with all drugs always read the instructions before use - I took them with a little water and got into bed. I drifted off into a deep sleep really easily and in the morning I felt rejuvenated and refreshed. The product did exactly what it said it would and the sleep certainly benefited me and my performance in my exams!

                It was definitely worth the money for a decent nights sleep but I would deem this product as a rare purchase and to only be used in real times of need. Also the cost can really mount up on this product if you are buying it frequently as one packet only gives 8 nights of sleep.

                This product is by no means a cure for insomnia but it can help you get back into a regular sleep cycle. You must always bear in mind that the sleep is drug induced and you must take other measures your life in order to make the changes to your sleep pattern permanent.

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                  09.10.2008 19:53
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                  Worth a try to see if they work for you

                  I often have difficulty sleeping. Sometimes it's because I wake up several times in the middle of the night and wake up feeling unfreshed like I hadn't slept. But most of the time I just can't get to sleep in the first place which is extremely frustrating. Going to bed once you feel tired enough, putting lavendar on your pillow, exercising during the day but not before, no caffine after 6pm, writting down your thoughts before bed...nothing seems to help. Having tried one or two other sleeping tablets, the herbal over the counter variety, I still couldn't find anything to help. I came across Nytol 16 caplets in Boots and decided to give them a try and they do actually help me catch some Zzzs.

                  Nytol is produced by GlaxoSmithKline so you know you're buying a quality product. These particular sleeping tablets aren't the herbal ones (these come both in a box and a small tub, I've tried these and found them to be ineffective). They come in a blue box and contain 16 'easy swallow caplets' and can be bought from Boots for £3.19. The tablets are white and powdery and I find they're small enough to swallow without any problems, however they can be broken in half if you're not keen on tablets.

                  Nytol claims to be a 'clinically proven night time sleep aid', though, as will all sleeping tablets, they shouldn't be used consistantly over a long period of time (ie. two weeks). Although I usually frequently have problems sleeping, I use these every now and again just to catch up and get a good nights sleep. Obviously if you're having major problems with your sleep and are unable to find the cause and something that helps then you should see your doctor.

                  These are similar to the once a night Nytol capsules, however each tablet is half the strength of the one single tablet. Therefore you should take 2 of these with water approximately 20 minutes before going to bed. It's best not to leave it too long otherwise the effects can ware off before you're totally settled for sleep. Incase you didn't guess already, Nytol have been kind enough to warn us that these 'may cause drowsiness'... you've been warned!

                  I think these have a somewhat calming effect on me when I take them and gives me just the right time frame to get into a pleasant nights sleep. I'd say they're a little expencive though as they'll only last you 8 days and they may not been strong enough if you're feeling very wound up or stressed out. I haven't noticed any side effects, no nightmares or anything like that. When I've woken up after taking Nytol I do feel like I've had a better rest too which is good. These should only be taken by those over 16 years, and it states that you should consult your doctor before taking these if you're pregnant, breast feeding or taking other medication, so do read the instructions first. I wouldn't say they're actually that strong though to be honest, which I'd say is a slight downside, because if you're wanting something to guarantee you sleep and knock you out you wont find it with these. Overall though I'd recommend you give these a go if you are wanting a temporary relief to sleep problems, I think they'll work differently for everybody so I can't say if they'd work for you but they just about do the trick for me :o)

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                  Drift off to sleep with ease and comfort and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning / Nytol is a clinically proven night-time sleep aid, which is an antihistamine that causes drowsiness, and is used as an aid to the relief of temporary sleeping difficulties.