April 30, 2007 4:32 PM Subscribe
I use Benedryl (diphenhydramine HCl) as a sleep aid. I take between 25 and 50 mg each night. Is this bad?
posted by Sassyfras to health & fitness (33 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have found that Benedryl works great for my sleep issues (I fall asleep just fine but wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep for HOURS). When I take the Benedryl, I sleep soundly the night through.
I also suffer from sinus headaches and congestion, so the Benedryl helps with that as well.
I take Benedryl each and every night. Am I killing myself? I don't really want to talk to my doctor about it as I have in the past and the solution was to get more exercise (if I was physically exhausted, he assumed, this would not be a problem). I am a physically fit (relatively) female, at a good weight, I eat healthy. It's not the exercise that's the issue. I could run 50 miles and I'd still wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts that keep me awake. I guess my thoughts are more powerful than physical exhaustion.
Am I doing any damage to my body by using Benedryl every night?