RE: [John Muir Trail] Sleep Aids
Advil PM is basically Advil (ibuprofen) + Benadryl (diphenhydramine). So I carry generic diphenhydramine and ibuprofen pills, and take one of each at night. And sleep very well.
Something else to consider of course is your sleep system. Using a lightweight air mattress (like a NeoAir) that’s a couple inches thick is generally going to be better for sleep than a half-inch thick closed cell foam mat (like a RidgeRest). Use of a pillow (clothing, inflatable air pillow, down pillow, combo thereof) is something else to look at depending on your sleep style.
Another vote for Advil PM. I take vitamin I, ( ibuprofen ), anyways to reduce swelling and as a pre-emptive to counter altitude issues, so the Advil PM does double duty for me the first couple nights out. After a couple of nights out, I am adjusted and usually beat at the end of the day so sleep comes much easier!
--- In email@example.com, John Ladd <johnladd@...> wrote:
> Diphenhydramine (a first-generation antihistamine) is the sleep-inducing
> ingredient in products like Advil PM and is available as a cheap generic,
> either as a stand-alone or with any of a variety on anti-inflammatories
> (Advil, Aleve, Excedrin, etc).
> For me, at least, it's relatively fast acting (about 15 minutes to peak
> impact) but also wears off fast (about 3-4 hours). While I don't need it,
> usually, except on the first few nights of a trip, I don't hesitate to take
> 2 tablets (25 mg Diphenhydramine HCL each) as needed in order to fall
> asleep and will sometimes take 1 more in the middle of the night if I need
> to get back to sleep. I probably wouldn't take one after 3:30 am due to
> making me feel logy when the sun came up.
> John Curran Ladd
> 1616 Castro Street
> San Francisco, CA 94114-3707
> On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM, Dan C. aka Thumper <dofdear@...> wrote:
> > **
> > Dear Group,
> > Do any of you have experience with sleep aid products while out on the
> > trail? I find I toss and turn throughout the night which is disturbing to
> > my sleep. My sleep is not restful. Exterior noises, except for bears, do
> > not bother me. It's just the constant movement. I saw in COSTCO an
> > inexpensive sleep aid tab. While my goal is not to knock myself out I am
> > interested in a more restful night's sleep. I'm thinking a half tab my work
> > to get me to sleep vs. a whole might impact a normal, motivated wake-up.
> > Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
> > Thumper aka Dan C.