Date Thu, July 28 2016

None of my handful of experiences with sleep aids this year have been particularly positive. I’ve used several, including ZzzQuil multiples times. If this name is familiar to you, it’s because it comes from the NiQuil brand, which some people – including myself – have used as sleep aids in the past, even though that’s not the purpose. ZzzQuil ditches the cold and flu medicine, promising you just a solid night’s sleep.

Let me preface this by saying this may certainly work for others, but it wasn’t the case for me. I took ZzzQuil in preparation for road trips and big dates, the type of things that I wanted to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for. Usually, the events didn’t align with my regular sleeping schedule, so I tried ZzzQuil in hopes that I could “reset”.

Unfortunately, those hopes didn’t come true. I tossed and turned as always, often waking up more groggy than I would have if I just stayed up all day and relying on caffeine!

It’s not just that the ZzzQuil didn’t work. It consistently left me with some side effects that I didn’t enjoy. First off, while my mind was still racing, my limbs seemed near impossible to move. I tend to wake up thirsty, and I would stumble to get a drink of water and back to bed.

Secondly, ZzzQuil results in a consistent and disconcerting rhythmic pulsing in my head. It’s not very pleasant and nearly impossible to ignore because it’s so loud. While the ingredients in ZzzQuil didn’t help me sleep, this side effect actually made it more difficult.

Like I said, your mileage may vary. I’ve never bad particularly good luck with any sleeping aid, but I’ve used ZzzQuil enough to determine it’s just not for me.

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