Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep? I know I do! Sometimes my body is sooooo bone tired, but I just can't turn my mind off and I end up laying awake for hours. Jason has the same problem, but we deal with it in different ways. I tend to just lay in bed, letting my mind wander (because even if I can't fall asleep, laying there in the dark is still restful), but Jason likes to take hot baths in the dark or go downstairs and watch infomercials. Unfortunately, neither of those approaches to occasional sleeplessness are very productive.
Even when I can fall asleep, I wake up a lot during the night. With three kids, there is almost always at least one that wakes up in the night (sometimes all three of them do!) and my body has just gotten into the habit of waking up a lot.
ZzzQuil (by the makers of Vicks NyQuil) sent me a bottle of their Warming Berry liquid sleep aid to try. The active ingredient in ZzzQuil is diphenhydramine HCI, which helps reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep. So it's not for a cold, it's not for pain, it's just for occasional sleeplessness!
When I tried ZzzQuil, I took it about half an hour before I wanted to go to bed and I could barely keep my eyes open by the time I got in bed, so it worked very quickly. I fell asleep right away.and I didn't wake up multiple times throughout the night. However, it was much harder for me to get out of bed in the morning. I felt groggy and so much sleepier than I would have expected after a full night's sleep, but maybe that's just because my kids think 6:45 is a good time to get up for the day.
If you occasionally have a hard time falling, I would definitely recommend trying ZzzQuil! Like them on Facebook and let everyone know about your experience with #ZzzQuilNight!