Nytol One-A-Night Review: The Knock-Out & Morning Fuzziness

Nytol One A Night box and packetI recently tried Nytol One-A-Night, a popular anti-histamine over the counter sleeping pill.

Two weeks ago, I also tested Nytol Herbal, so I’ll be comparing the effectiveness of both in this review.

I took the herbal version for 3 nights, before having a week with no sleep aids.

Then I took one 50 mg tablet of the One-A-Night on 4 consecutive days, with no other medications.

I know from experience that anti-histamine sleeping pills work well for me, so there was more of a chance of a placebo effect. But I’ll try to give as unbiased an account as possible.

The Nytol knockout

Compared to the herbal version, I was expecting a more powerful sedative effect. And that’s exactly what happened, but not exactly how I imagined.

The instructions say to take it 20 minutes before bed. That’s what I did on the first night, but then stayed awake reading for around 40 minutes.

I think I was waiting to feel my eyes closing, as happens with stronger prescription pills.

There was still no noticeable effect an hour later, so I switched the light off anyway. I believe I then fell asleep within 5 to 10 minutes, and woke up 9 hours later!

I didn’t wake up once during the night, which is unusual for me, and overslept the alarm by one hour. So it appeared the Nytol had done its job.

Feeling the effects in the morning

In the morning, I felt quite refreshed – both mentally and physically. But I also woke up with a bit of a fuzzy head. And I felt a light pressure on my forehead, just above my eyes.

Those sensations slowly faded on their own, but took a couple of hours to completely disappear.

So although the Nytol seemed to give me a good night’s sleep, it didn’t quite leave me feeling 100% the next morning.

I was still able to go about my day and work, but those symptoms were a little annoying.

The following nights

On the second night, I tried exactly the same routine. Once again there was the same effect of not feeling drowsy, but still falling asleep quickly.

And I again woke up after a totally blanked out night, with the same fuzzy head.

On the third night, I don’t think the sedative effect was quite as strong. The manufacturer does say you can develop a tolerance to Nytol, but night 3 seemed a little early.

I woke up a couple of times in the night this time, but admittedly still slept pretty well. The next morning symptoms were similar though.

I tried it one more time, and again didn’t have a repeat of the first or second night’s total knockout, but still slept quite well.

By this point, I’d had enough of the groggy feeling, was content with a couple of good night’s sleep, and didn’t take them again.

Would I take Nytol One-A-Night again?

The Nytol clearly worked well for me, and I appreciated sleeping right through the night. But the persistent fuzzy head the next day was slightly irritating.

On balance, I probably would consider taking it again but only as a one-off.

How it compares with the herbal type

The first thing to note is that these pills don’t smell or taste as bad as the valerian-based herbal ones, so that’s a plus.

They are considerably stronger in effect than the herbal pills too. Strangely though, I did feel a sedative effect with the others while still awake, which I didn’t with the One-A-Night.

I didn’t feel any effects the next day with the herbal pills though. So they both have their pros and cons.

Please remember that this was just my experience with the two types. It could be completely different for you, and as you’ll see in the comments below, people react differently to them.

Further information

Nytol ingredients

nytol 50 mg pill on a tableFrom the instruction leaflet, the ingredients are:

  • Diphenhydramine hydrochloride 50mg (this is the anti-histamine which makes you sleepy)
  • Anhydrous lactose
  • Microcrystalline cellulose
  • Maize starch
  • Stearic acid
  • Silicon dioxide.

Who shouldn’t take it?

If any of the following conditions or situations apply to you, the manufacturer advises against taking it, or consulting a doctor first:

  • Children under the age of 16.
  • If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • If you have: a stomach or gut obstruction, such as an ulcer.
  • Asthma, bronchitis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Enlarged prostrate or urinary retention.
  • Moderate or severe liver disease.
  • Myasthenia gravis, epilepsy or seizure disorders.
  • You shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery.
  • You shouldn’t drink alcohol.
  • Intolerance to lactose or some sugars.
  • If you’re taking other medication, talk to a doctor first. Especially anti-depressants, atropine, other anti-histamines or any that cause drowsiness.
  • If you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • If your sleep problem lasts longer than 2 weeks, or you need a higher dose of Nytol to fall asleep.

Possible side effects

The leaflet describes the following possible side effects, though most are very rare:

  • Tiredness
  • Drowsiness (obviously!)
  • Reduced attention
  • Unsteadiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Allergic reactions (like a rash, shortness of breath or swelling)
  • Blurred vision
  • Palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle twitching
  • Convulsions
  • Headaches
  • Pins and needles
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Thicker bronchial mucus
  • Difficulty urinating

Remember if you notice any of the above, or any others,  stop taking the Nytol and see your doctor or a pharmacist.

Update: trying Nytol Original (25mg)

nytol original sleep aid

Nytol Original is very similar to the One-A-Night, except you take 2 x 25 mg pills instead of 1 x 50 mg.

So I was curious to see what would happen if I only took a half dosage, and if the lingering next-day effects would be less of an issue.

I tried just one pill for 3 consecutive nights and did find they were better for me.

I still experienced a sedative effect – perhaps not as much as the 50 mg dosage, but enough to help me sleep a bit better.

And the headache and fuzzy head weren’t as bad in the morning, though I didn’t feel 100% clear either.

So I think this is one to consider if you’d like to start with a lower dosage, or found the higher one caused you difficulty in the morning.

Your experience

Have you tried Nytol One-A-Night, Nytrol Original or the herbal type?

Please leave a comment below describing your experience with them, and whether they helped you sleep better or not.

198 CommentsLeave a comment

  • By taking nytol would my sleep get distracted if someone tries to wake me up or after having this tablet nothing would get me up

    • Hi YK
      There’s no way to predict that. It depends on how much it affects you, how hard the person tries to wake you etc.

    • I take nytol most nights and when you wake again I find it hard to get back to sleep, but I make sure I got to bed the same time every night, take the nytol 20-30 mins before you go to sleep, the only thing I really experience is really strange dreams but I still do not wake from these, I had insomnia for the last 2 years and nytol helps me more than my prescribed sleeping tablets.

  • I don’t know why th the pack says take 20 minutes before bed, DHP is fat Soluble so it needs to be fully digested through the liver before you’d even begin to notice any effects, this can take around 2 hours.

    I take 25 mg about 2-3 hours before bed, I sleep well and while I do feel a little groggy in the morning it’s better than if I were to take it right before bed.

    • Hi Jelly
      Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure about the 2 hour point. I find it works much quicker than that – same as with other sleep aids with similar ingredients. But if that’s the timing that works for you, that’s all that matters really.

      • I should have said the effects peak at 2 hours, taking them minutes before bed greatly increases the morning after hangover.

        Everyone’s metabolism is different however fat soluble medication do take longer to metabolise and also stick around longer, I think if you are experiencing a morning hangover from Nytol knowing this information helps.

  • Been taking 50mg dosage almost every night for the last 3 months due to inability to sleep, its a knock on effect of my spinal surgery. laying in bed is super uncomfortable but with nytol im able to get a proper nights sleep. literally saving my mental state! im on a number of other meds but it doesnt interact at all and i have 0 side effects. i count myself lucky!

    • Hi Ash
      Thanks for your comment. It’s good that you found something that helps your sleep – and mental state along with it.
      I wish you a swift recovery from the surgery.

  • As a shift worker I have trouble sleeping after a week of nights, but I find the nytol one-a-night really does help me get of to sleep and stay asleep. I know it’s not advised but I find having it with a glass of whiskey really helps improve my overall sleep.

    • Hi Davy
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you need to be careful mixing any sleep aids with alcohol. I know it increases the drowsiness, but it also increases the risk. I’d do one or the other, but not both together.

  • Hi I’ve recently purchased a pack of Nytol one a night 50 …after reading the box it says do not take if you have an obstruction in the stomach … so thought I should not take one as I have an hernia…would this be wrong to take in my position….thank you

    • Hi Pat
      Thanks for your comment. I’m not a doctor, so can’t advise you on this one – sorry! I’d recommend asking your personal doctor about this to get proper medical advice.

  • Been using these on and off; work brilliantly for me, didn’t want to keep on with prescription sleeping tablets so I’m glad I’ve tried these

  • Hi Ethan
    Because i came off morphine after being on them for approx 2 months i have not been able to sleep…the morphine was making me sleep 16 to 18 hrs a day..before the morphine my sleep was pretty good .After seeing Nytol advertised on tv this last week i decided to give them a go as i had 3 nights with little sleep..my hubby got me the 25mg ones which states take two 20mins before bed but because i have sensitivity problems with a lot of medications i only took 1 at 10.30pm by 11.20 i was wide awake so i thought becaue it states take 2 i would take the other one within an hour i had restless legs + then my arms were like my legs + every half hour i had to go to the loo i did drop off to sleep about 6am + woke at 10.30am still with the restless +tickly feeling in my arms + legs, it is now 5.30 in the evening + my arms + legs are still the same Driving me crazy,How long will it take for them to stop tingling + get back to normal

    • Hi Den
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you’ve had this reaction to the Nytol, assuming it was the cause of the physical sensations you describe. To be honest, I really don’t know how long it might last, or if it’s definitely connected. I think the best step is to speak to your doctor about it, and not take any more unless they recommend it.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for sharing your experience. These over the counter sleeping pills don’t work for everyone, but I hope you find something that does help you sleep.

    • Hi Phil
      Thanks for your comment. It doesn’t sounds like it’s a sleep aid that’s right for you in that case.

  • I work away a lot and struggle to sleep in hotels. I tried the nytol one a night and found I was too groggy to work the next day. I then tried the Nytol originals and found even just taking one left me with the fuzzy head you described. I’ve experimented with the amount and have now settled on taking two thirds of one nytol original tablet. I find this is enough to help me get 7 hours or so of sleep (enough for me) without waking with a fuzzy head, so I’m able to work in the morning.

    • Hi Nicola
      Thanks for your comment. It’s interesting to hear how much you had to drop the dosage to find a level that works for you. It’s a shame about the grogginess, but if you can organise the dosage yourself, it makes sense.

  • Hi
    Have tried nytol one a night to help me sleep after a night shift. The longest I can get is 4 hours solid then I’m awake and feel like I’m hungover from drink. I try to go back to bed before going to work but don’t seem to drop off. Tried the herbal ones did nothing at all. If I don’t take anything I struggle to fall to sleep and when I do up awake every 10 min.

    • Wendy check out Michael Sealey Sleep meditations via you Tube 🙂 They are simply the best & he has a voice too die for lol 😆 Pleasant dreams from this day forward!

  • I have used Nytol (1 a night) off and on for some time now and have always found it beneficial. However, recently I have been experiencing bladder problems, i.e. difficulty passing urine, which resulted in a hospital A&E visit recently. Pretty unpleasant. Now waiting to see a consultant. Could this be a side effect of the Nytol? If so, will it clear itself up?

    • Hi June
      Thanks for your comment. Urinary retention is one of the points the patient leaflet mentions as something you should discuss with your doctor before taking it. I can’t say if it’s a coincidence or is connected, or if it will clear up. But I’d take the box with you when you see the consultant and ask them – hopefully they can give you a clearer answer.

      • Hi Ethan
        Thank you for your response and the comments therein which I have taken on board and will speak to the Consultant at the time. I’m disappointed that I feel as though I cannot chance taking Nytol any longer until this is clarified. It certainly will be a miss as it has been a lifeline for me.

        • Hi
          You’re welcome. I understand your frustration – hopefully it will prove to be the best course of action though and you can go forward with professional medical advice.

  • Tried Nytol Herbal on recommendation of GP. Have taken them occasionally over a 2 week period. Last night, due to the very hot weather currently in the UK, I took two, hoping to have an undisturbed night.

    Big mistake! Today I have been plagued with stomach cramps and constipation. I pressed by tummy earlier and suffered a sharp pain. I didn’t sleep through the night without waking. Also, they smell awful, like poo! (Sorry!) Every time I’ve answered a call of nature today, I can still smell them. After today’s experience, think I’ll put up with my interrupted sleep, instead of trying to remedy it.

    • Hi Julia
      Thanks for your comment. I’m also in the UK at the moment, so I know what you mean about the hot weather! I also know what you mean about the smell of them.
      Just to avoid reader confusion, by the way, the Herbal type are not the ones I discussed in this review, even though they are both made by Nytol.
      It sounds like you might have a sensitivity to Valerian considering what you said, unless it’s a coincidence and something else caused it.
      I would talk to your G.P. about it to see if they agree.

  • I’ve been taking nytol 1 a night for 6 or 7 months I’m a 50+ lady I find I’m waking after 3 or 4 hrs sleep and not able to go back off can I increase the dose? I work full time and am constantly tired, no point in going to my gp as I feel they won’t be interested
    Thank you

    • Hi Julie
      Thanks for your comment. It’s not advised to take more than the recommended dosage unless your doctor recommends it. But you won’t want to talk to them, which means not increasing it. I’d also say that 6 months is a long time to be taking a sleep aid, and it’s generally advised not to use them for extended periods of time.
      I would suggest speaking to your GP. I know you think they won’t be interested, but they should be! It sounds like you have serious sleep problems, and daytime tiredness. In my opinion, it’s valid to talk to your doctor about it.

  • I took a Nytol one a night for the first time last night and went to sleep quite quickly. I woke up three hours later needing the toilet…I had a prostatectomy (turp) non cancerous 18 months ago and still get up twice a night but otherwise it has been successful. Again up again after 3 hrs…felt a bit disoriented when I eventually got up this morning. Is it safe to take after my prostatectomy? My flow is slower in the night.

    • Hi Ian
      Thanks for your comment. I’m not a doctor so can’t advise you on that specific situation. I haven’t read anything that warns against it, but it’s best to check with your personal doctor if you’re unsure.

  • I have had the most awful body spasms and an almost hallucinogenic experience on three occasions with several weeks in between. Please be advised that mentally vulnerable may have an experience that is opposed to the desired

    • Hi Joanne
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you had that awful experience. Have you mentioned it to your personal doctor?

  • As I have fibromyalgia I find it very hard to get a good night’s sleep but have now started taking Nytol 1 a night . I have been getting headaches rhe next morning and get very thirsty and dry mouthed. I also feel groggy in the am but still need something to get that so importany night’s sleep. I also have tried sour cherrry juice and Bach’s night rescue remedy

    • Hi Petra
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately this Nytol can give side effects to some people. Perhaps drinking some water before bed, and having water on the nightstand will help a little with the dry mouth and headaches in general.

  • I recommend these tablets, as I suffer with insomnia either waking up after like 3 or 4 hours then not sleeping or not being able to sleep at night, ive had prescription drugs such as zopiclone which are great but has to be prescribed by your doctor.

    Nytol works very similar in my experience not as strong but still helps me sleep and stay asleep so would recommend.

    Some fuzziness the next day but nothing major in my experience o would try not take them everyday though as you will build up a tolerance.

    • Hi Daniel
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your thoughts. The fuzziness is something that I imagine some people will put up with more than others. But as you say, it’s a good idea not to take the Nytol regularly.

  • I tried the none herbal Nytol last night it did help me sleep. I did wake in the night several times (as usual) but dropped off to sleep quickly again. I do like Nytol and would take it again but only when I’m desperate for a restful night sleep. I do feel groggy this morning and I have a dry mouth. I do think Nytol works well. Personally I wouldn’t take it for more than 3 nights. Just be careful with Nytol like you would be with any over the counter drug.

    • Hi Charmaine
      Thanks for your comment. I think you’re right in not planning to take it on a regular basis. Even over the counter sleeping pills like this are best used only on occasion.

  • I have insomnia and they don’t work for me if anything they have the opposite effect. On the search for new ones soon.

  • Im absolutely amazed to read these reviews, ive just chucked the remainder of my pack in the bin. I have chronic insomnia, i took a one per night Nytol last night, feel asleep for half an hour then spent the next six hours wide awake. Useless for me.

  • I have been taking them for 2 weeks as my Dr has told me to stop alcohol completely for 6 weeks as I have raised liver enzymes. After that I need another blood test so I just need to know if nytol 50mg can also affect liver enzymes? Ps I’m sleeping like a log

    • Hi Pixie
      Thanks for your comment. The Nytol leaflet warns not to take it if you have ‘moderate to severe liver disease’. Raised liver enzymes might not be excluded, but considering the mentioning of the liver at all, perhaps it’s best to check with your doctor that it’s safe?

  • I am 69 yr old lady with chronic insomnia for 20 years. Doctor will not prescribe sleeping pills , have had many medical investigations and every type of therapy and over the counter stuff going with no effect. Have got through a busy life and manage everything BUT the loneliness and misery of being continually awake for hours during the night has been dreadful and of course lack of sleep takes its toll on general long term health . I dont know how I missed the ‘ blue ‘ Nytol pack but I started taking one 50mg tablet each night 2 HOURS before a reasonable bedtime which is 1am for me and have slept for an average of 6 hours every night since with no bad effects at all . Just the absolute joy of going to bed and immediately being asleep until I get up at about 9am. I have been taking them for a month now and pray that they will keep helping me and maybe train my mind and body to learn a proper sleep routine . Nothing else has ever done this for me .

    • Hi Tinamag
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you’ve had such bad sleep problems – I can understand why discovering something that works finally must be great. One caveat would be to be careful not to become dependent on the Nytol. As you say, if you can develop a better sleep routine in the meantime, that would be the best outcome. Take a look at the sleep hygiene section on this site for lots of good advice if you haven’t seen it yet.

      • Fair play Ethan, if you believe in that sleep hygiene (maybe you write it) but it’s bull.

        Most on this thread are chronic non-sleepers and have heard that nonsense for donkeys.

        Get the valium out please.


        • Hi David
          I believe in it because it worked for me, and sleep experts recommend it. Sure, on its own it won’t always help everyone. Buy every little bit helps, and I think it’s important we do what we can to improve our sleep naturally – especially because it will help many people.

  • Yes wanted to sleep. But was kept awake both times i used nytol with restless legs. Was walking around house in middle of night. They didnt agree with me.

  • I had taken Nytol a few times with no problem (not a regular user, just a few separate occasions) and had been fine. Then one time I was definitely a bit groggy in the morning. I took one the other night and had an awful experience. Realm struggled to wake up the next day (naturally, not even with an alarm) i was half awake half asleep and just couldn’t rouse myself, then when I finally did drag myself out of bed I lasted half an hour before I had to go back to bed and sleep it off some.more! I felt dreadful the entire day. That’s it for me – never again!

    • Hi Justine
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, some people can have that reaction to the Nytol. So if you do experience severe next day grogginess, it’s best to find an alternative I think.

  • I broke my collar bone and wrist recently and after a week of sleeping or trying to sleep sitting up in a chair the sleepless nights had taken their toll. I was utterly exhausted and coping mechanism was non existent. I’d never tried sleeping tablets but decided I needed to try something. Theses were great as they didn’t interact with the cocktail of pain killers I was taking …. I can honestly say I slept solid for 5 hours after taking one and it was such a relief to finally get some sleep. I’ve been taking one every night now for a week and feel so much better for the sleep. I work night shifts and I’m a terrible sleeper at the best of times so for me I will definitely be keeping a box in from now on for those times when I’m desperate to sleep

  • I have a condition called Hyperparathyroidism, and one of the symptoms is severe insomnia. I have tried a few things, namely L-Trytophan, Valerian and sleep inducing herbal teas, none of which worked. Just recently though I have started taking Nytol One A Night, and they are working amazingly well. I drop off to sleep within 30 mins and wake up about 7 hours later. When I have my surgery in approx 6 months time, my insomnia should be cured, but up until then I will continue taking Nytol as as when I feel I need some restorative sleep.

    • Hi Jaclyn
      Thanks or your comment. It’s great the Nytol is working so well for you! 6 months is a long time to take it for though, so probably better to use it only when needed, as you mention yourself.
      All the best with the surgery and I hope it does bring you better sleep and health.

  • Hi, I’ve been taking nytol one a night for a few months now, and I love how they work. I didn’t feel that fuzzy feeling after a few days and reckoned it was from my body needing more sleep. If I want to keep myself awake I can, it doesn’t make me sleepy, but once I lie down light off it sends me to sleep within half an hour. I have occasionally woken up in the night though. I did try the herbal nytol but it caused an awful reaction with anxious feelings, tingling hands, and high chest pressure. There is a 25mg nytol that I found worked occasionally but wasn’t strong enough. Perhaps if you only need a light aid it would be good though.

    • Hi Amy
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that you found a sleep aid that works well for you with the Nytol. I’d be cautious about using it for many months though. If you can get on top of your sleep patterns naturally and move away from the Nytol, that would be ideal.

  • I’ve tried nytol many times. first few times worked very well but after repeated on/off use the results can be… mixed. They either knock me out cold like a mallet to the head or leave me needing to constantly urinate every twenty minutes to half hour. I’ve recently been struggling allot with sleep loss due to a bad tooth and again mixed results best case scenario they knock me out till about 5 or 6 in the morning then leave me needing to constantly urinate for the next two or three hours until its time to get up worst they don’t work and leave me constantly urinating again. the herbals taste horrid on the first occasion with my bad tooth they didn’t knock me out but they did calm me down and let me loose track of time for a bit. Sadly the effects only lasted a couple of hours so I’d need to keep taking them every couple of hours just to get a state of sort of pseudo sleep. After the first couple of nights the effects seemed minimal at best non existent at worst.

    • Hi Shaun
      Thanks for your comment. It’s often the case with sleep aids that they either have less effect over time, or become as you say mixed in their results.

  • I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has been taking them regularly please to see if they are as good now as the first night.

    • I have taken them for years but only to catch up on sleep and for no more than two consecutive nights. Probably because I like the sleepy feeling of drifting off to sleep but you don’t seem to have that with these. I purposely use them when my body is run down due to lack of sleep and for that it works.

  • Having read the article, and most of the comments, they appear to infer the herbal, is for those who need assistance falling asleep and the one a night to keep one asleep. Dosage range is vast, as is the affect/effect of the medication. Most commenters have implied they have a relatively limited experience, or substantial time frames of using. In the article you indicated that it’s effect can wane long term, does this take the form of physiological dependency, or is it merely physiological resistance created by the adaptation of tolerance.

    Also, as with most meds of this type, respiratory deficit precludes use of them. Is it a case of consult your doctor before use, or is it a prohibition. Also as it is antihistamine based, can it be used in conjunction with other allergen prohibitors? I found your article interesting and commend you on your blog, it makes a change to find one that does not merely add to the white noise cluttering their insomnia realms.

    • Hi Julie
      Thanks for your comment and kind words. I’m pleased that the website has risen above the white noise!
      I think anyone with a serious illness or condition should consult with their doctor before taking any kind of sleeping pill, and really, anyone who just isn’t sure if it would be safe for them. I wouldn’t personally mix any anti-histamines without a doctor’s consent either. In terms of the effect waning, I think it’s probably tolerance rather than dependency.

  • Tried Nytol 1 a night, done what the packet said, so off to bed I went still wakened 2 hrs later. Tried a few nights later and had a great sleep, only the fuzzy head in morning puts me off. As a short term thing okay will only use occasionally.

  • Nytol and every other over-the-counter antihistamine type sleep aids are worthless. They cause heart palpitations (in my experiences with them). They also make me feel slow and tired the next morning. Prescription sleeping aids help me fall asleep and stay asleep. I wake up refreshed with no “hangover” like the over-the-counter sleep aids cause. Prescription sleep aids do not have acetaminophen or aspirin in them, so they will not harm your liver even if you take them every night. This cannot be said for many of the over-the-counter sleep aids. Many of them contain acetaminophen. That will destroy your liver overtime. All medications, OTC or RX have side effects. Balancing a good night sleep vs sleep deprivation is an easy choice. Use common sense and take what works for you.

  • Been taking Zopiclone,Zolpidem,Temazepam and Diazepam on and off for a couple of years.Never together i must add. I’ve dabbled with these for ages and whilst they work
    my doctor (quite rightly) will only let me have them every now and then as these drugs are pretty heavy duty meds. Anyway after 2 years of taking them i decided to come off all of them as to be honest they are all very very addictive and have horrendous side effects. You are meant to taper them but me being me went cold turkey and just stopped suddenly.I knew i was in for a rough ride as have tried before and have always given in and gone back on them such is the pull and addictive effect of these meds.I swear giving up smoking was easier ha ha!
    I went 5 nights in bed sweating,restless legs,rapid heartbeat etc all the withdrawal effects i knew i would be in for but was determined this time.A friend of mine said a more natural and definitely less ‘dangerous’ sleep aid are Nytol 1 a night.
    I said ‘yeh yeh if its over the counter rubbish then it wont work and would be a waste of time’. I WAS VERY WRONG! I took 1 Nytol last night and wow! I slept like a baby for 8 hours and felt just fine the next day. I have spoken to my GP about them and she said if they work then carry on taking them as the long term side effects are almost zero. I never thought anything you could pick up in my local chemist without a prescription could be so good.Have just taken 1 so lights out for me now as its just gone 1 in the morning.I will report back in a few days to let you now how i’m doing with them.So glad im off all those other horrid drugs at last.Nighty night :)

    • Hi Jonathan
      Thanks for your comment, and it’s great to hear you had such success with them. Before deciding to take them continually, I’d mention to your doctor that they are the anti-histamine version and not the valerian, just to see if they still think it’s ok to take them long-term.

  • I started working night shifts. I found that my sleeping patterns were all over the place due to this. I would get home after work and my brain would not switch off for a few hours after getting into bed and trying to sleep. I tried the Nytol 1 a night and can not recommend them enough. I have read on here how some say that they dont make you feel sleepy but I have to disagree. Although they do not make you drowsy I find that my eyes do seem to get heavier.. I take them an hour before I want to go to sleep so by the time I get into bed it takes me 10 minutes and I’m asleep.With Nytol my brain just relaxes. I find using Nytol that I also sleep through the night. I get 8 hours minimum. Therefore they have my vote. Although I seem to have random dreams and nightmares on them. As for the morning after I can’t say I feel light headed or drowsy?? But maybe I’m use to them now but I only use them 3 times a week

    • Hi Zo
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that you find the Nytol helps you sleep so well. Lots of people get vivid dreams with some sleep pills, so it’s no surprise. I guess it’s up to you to decide if the trade-off for a good night’s sleep is worth it.

  • I am a notoriously light sleeper and have a few good nights interspersed with many disrupted or very little sleep nights. I bought the Nytol one a night a few years ago and when I feel I really must get a good sleep I literally nibble the end off a tablet probably taking about just less than one quarter and it works brilliantly. I have no side effects once I am out of bed. However I originally tried the whole tablet and was completely unable to function properly for the whole day being in a complete fog! So like Wanda I feel dosage is import perhaps depending on your size – I am 45kgs. Hope this helps. Overall I am very pleased with Nytol but only take them when I am desperate to sleep.

    • Hi Margaret
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I think the dosage can make a big difference, and it’s not always necessary to take as much as the recommended dosage if you’re particularly sensitive to the ingredients.

  • This is just to clarify, Nytol is NOT designed to act like a sedative but, rather to assist in getting a full nights sleep. It will not give you a sedated affect, if you are not already in the process of going to sleep. What I mean by this is, if you are watching tv, or something, waiting for it to “kick in”, you will be dissapointed. You should do as instructed (take it 20 mins before you GO TO BED). Once you are in bed, with your eyes closed, your natural sleep process will start (your body will start to release certain sleep chemicals, such as Melatonin), this is when Nytol will start to be effective. You should fall asleep quickly and sleep throughout the night but your body must start the sleep process in order for Nytol to be effective. Hope this helps!

  • I first used Nytol after recovery from surgery. When I came off the prescribed painkillers (staged decrease), I found I was awake a great deal during the night. I felt ready to return to work but needed something to get a good sleeping pattern back. I purchased Nytol one a night 25mg and they worked form. On the third morning, I felt slightly thick-headed. And decided that was enough to assist my system in returning to normal.

    Recently I experienced a few restless nights and decided to try half a tablet (12.5mg) and this was perfect, I slept well and no thick head. This happened again but this time I tried one third of a tablet (8.0mg) for three nights and this still worked for me. So now in future if I need to reset my sleep pattern I intend to use 25mg split over three nights. This is true, honestly!

    • Hi Wanda
      Thanks for your comment. I think it’s good to work out what the minimum dosage is that works for you. If you can sleep well with less than the recommended amount, ultimately that’s great. You’re taking less medication and saving money!

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