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ZzzQuil… Spoiler! It’s just Benadry!

13 Jul

Alright guys, I got my first Influenster VoxBox! Unfortunately it’s something that just rubs me the wrong way and that is *drumroll* ZzzQuil!

So you might have seen the adds on TV and online.  It’s from the makers of DayQuil and NyQuil and it’s a “sleep aid” medicine.  It’s supposed to be non-habit forming and help you fall asleep in 20 minutes.  There’s just one catch.  The active ingredient in ZzzQuil is Diphenhydramine HCl, otherwise know as Benedryl.  That’s right, this “sleep aid” is really an antihistamine that just happens to make most people sleepy.

There are a few problems with this.  To start with, most people don’t read the drug labels and might not realize that it’s the same.  They could also be taking other antihistamines and there could be drug interactions.  On top of that, most medical institutions do not recommend taking Benedryl as a sleep aid.  Benedryl was developed to stop allergies from wrecking your system, a side effect is that it makes you sleepy.  On top of that, a lot of people have a paradoxical reaction to it, meaning when they take this particular drug it makes them hyper instead of sleepy.  Not exactly what you want from a sleep aid.  This is also something that’s easy to develop a tolerance to it and it no longer makes you sleepy.

Most sleep aids on the market are antihistamines though!  This blew my mind.  Melatonin is a much better option for a sleep aid that is intended for sleep.  This is the natural hormone that occurs in your body (and helps animals hibernate) but sometimes our bodies don’t produce enough or need an added jolt.  It’s also helpful if you are working shit work and need to sleep during the day.  I’ve been using it when needed for a few years and it really helps to mellow out my brain so I can turn off and get to sleep.

If you wanna know a bit more, take a watch of the video below!