(Closed) Benadryl Vs. Gravol – what did you take?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I didn’t take anything the night before my wedding because I didn’t want to be groggy the next morning but I have taken Benadryl before to sleep and it worked fine.  I’ve also taken Tylenol PM.

Post # 5
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I didn’t take anything the night before my wedding and had no issues sleeping.

But when I do have issues sleeping, I take SleepMD and its always worked well for me.

Post # 6
2496 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I was going to, but ended up going to bed too late.  I hardly slept the night before my wedding, but honestly I ran on excitement, caffeine, and adrenaline the whole day so I didn’t even notice. 🙂

I would recommend trying them all before and see which helps you the most.  You’ll likely be more nervous and excited than anything, so my suggestion is to down a couple glasses of wine to help calm you down.  I don’t have a care in the world after having a glass or two. 🙂

Post # 7
13 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Benadryl is great for getting a good night of sleep. Don’t waste your money on name brand sleeping pills (like Tylenol PM) because the active ingredient that makes you sleepy (diphenhydramine) is the same. Generic benadryl is cheap, effective, and doesn’t leave me groggy (although you may want to try it out before the big day!)

Post # 8
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think the over-the-counter sleep preparations you can buy are mostly generic ultra-strength Benadryl (diphenhydramine). If you often have trouble sleeping, you might want to invest in a pack of those (ex. “SleepEze”); just make sure you plan so that you’ll have a full 8+ hours to sleep it off in!

Post # 9
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I always feel terribly groggy after taking Benadryl, sometimes for another day or so. I wouldn’t recommend it.


Post # 10
858 posts
Busy bee

neither, go with something natural. They are less likely to have side effects or leave you groggy the next morning. Melatonin and Valerian root work great. I have used both and they are both pretty cheap

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