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RE: [John Muir Trail] Sleep Aids

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  • Randy Topken
    Yeah. Advil PM is basically Advil (ibuprofen) + Benadryl (diphenhydramine). So I carry generic diphenhydramine and ibuprofen pills, and take one of each at
    Message 1 of 18 , May 9, 2013



      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.



      From: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert
      Sent: Saturday, May 4, 2013 7:30 PM
      To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Sleep Aids



      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 johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.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.
      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphenhydramine
      > John Curran Ladd
      > 1616 Castro Street
      > San Francisco, CA 94114-3707
      > 415-648-9279
      > 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.
      > >
      > >

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