"The main ingredient in most over the counter sleeping pills is something in the antihistamine family. This is also the primary ingredient that causes drowsiness the next day. In fact, that drowsiness is often so severe that people commonly refer to it as a "sleeping pill hangover". This is perhaps the biggest potential problem with over the counter sleeping pills. This grogginess is usually worse than the mental fog from not sleeping. This is especially difficult for people who are not, by nature, morning people. A natural slowness in the morning, exaggerated by the effects of over the counter sleeping pills, causes many people to feel that the benefits of over the counter sleeping pills are not worth the sacrifice to the quality of their days.Over the counter sleeping pills can be categorized into two main types: herbal remedies and antihistamines. Antihistamines work by inhibiting a neurotransmitter that will depress the central nervous system. Some of the more popular over the counter sleeping pills include Tylenol PM, Sominex, Unisom, and Equate. The most popular herbal over the counter remedy is Melatonin.
Although pharmaceutical manufacturers have addressed these concerns regarding over the counter sleeping pills and have worked to produce a product that minimizes such negative side effects, no over the counter sleeping pill is completely free of these potential problems. Everyone's body reacts differently to the drugs, so you will have to find the best over the counter sleeping pills for you based on trial and self evaluation. Your best chance at finding a satisfactory over the counter sleeping pill is to first try those in the herbal family."
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