Quality sleep refreshes the body and is vital for good health. Yet many Americans do not get enough sleep, and about 70 million people have problems sleeping on a regular basis. Many have chronic insomnia, which means they either can't get to sleep, can't stay asleep, or the quality of their sleep is poor.
What sleep aids can I buy without a prescription?
Over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids are recommended for short-term sleep problems that only happen once in a while. Sleep aids should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, babies or children without a healthcare provider's permission. Some common ingredients in sleep aids are:
Are OTC sleep aids addictive?
OTC sleep aids, such as diphenhydramine and doxylamine are usually not habit forming. However, they do cause drowsiness, so use caution if you are driving a car or operating heavy machinery if you still feel sleepy when you get up in the morning. Speak with your healthcare provider or Walgreens pharmacist before taking a sleep aid.