Seeking sleep solutions
January 19, 2009 2:09 PM Subscribe
Can I get any better (stronger, more effective) OTC sleeping meds in the UK or Canada than I can in the U.S.?
posted by still_wears_a_hat to health & fitness (11 answers total)
I've got the chance to spend a few months in London, and don't want to pass it up. But I'm very bad at sleeping away from home, and won't be able to afford a very quiet, very luxurious hotel. Usually on vacations and business trips I just don't sleep much, but then I come back wiped out and usually sick. I don't want to go 3 months like that. I've tried every kind of over-the-counter medication I can get in the U.S., including herbals, and none of them work for me. I've also tried all the usual non-medical approaches: meditating, relaxation tapes, etc., with no success either.
I'm not sure if I can get a prescription for sleeping pills, but if there's anything I can get in the UK or Canada (where I'll be stopping on the way), I'd much rather try that than ask.
If it matters, I'm in my 50s, so am not likely to just grow out of this.