Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tylenol PM

Last night, while having dinner with my cousins (my aunt and uncle like to be my surrogate parents when my parents are out of town) I mentioned my sleeping problem to my aunt (a pediatrician). She recommended that I take Tylenol PM to get to sleep. Now, I have taken Tylenol PM in the past, and when I take the recommended dosage, lots of bad things happen.

First of all, my brain goes nuts when I try to go to sleep--I start thinking all sorts of unexplainable, half-dream thoughts that in retrospect make no sense (i.e. "I have to sleep in this position, otherwise the music notes will be pushed off the edge of my bed and I'll have to clean them up in the morning.") I dream incredibly vividly (meaning I remember them clearer, and they're generally more fantastic.) Most of all, I am entirely incapable of waking up in the morning; I am not one to sleep in at all, but after taking Tylenol PM, I have slept in as late as 1:00 in the afternoon.

My mother has frequently recommended that I take only one dose of Tylenol PM, but usually when I take it, it is for to take care of symptoms I have, which means I want the full effect. So last night, when my only symptom was frequent insomnia, I only took one. Turns out the effect is no different!

So my question for you guys is: is there ANYTHING else I can take that will knock me out without destroying my sleep schedule?

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  1. I take a natural herbal sleep aid that has melatonin and lavender and other hippie like crap in it. Two tablets and you will fall asleep. Plus, it's safe to take in the middle of the night.

  2. I've heard a rubber mallet to the head works wonders. :P Make sure you use up as much energy as possible, if I'm stuck in the house all day, my brain goes hyperactive when it's time to sleep, without the use of Tylenol (It's funny I have the same results as you, dreams can be so crazy).

  3. Personally, I just don't sleep if I'm not tired. I basically stay up until I'm nodding off at whatever I'm doing, and then stagger my way to bed at that point. Then I allow myself to wake up naturally, and I usually tend to have slept for around 4-6 hours, and that leaves me perfectly charged for the next day. If you aren't tired, that's awesome, that gives you more time to be productive.