"+1 on the Melatonin; nature’s hormone. It’s a little less harmful than other drugs.
And a few times, if I need a knock out and curb some muscle pain, the Tylenol PM (Vitamin T) does wonders for me.
Even if I go out every weekend, the first night out is antsy for me. I’m not sure why. It could be I’m with a different group of people and that causes me anxieties. Or the anxiety could be from unfamiliarity with the trail I’m tackling.
May everyone have a good night’s rest."
Thankfully, I rarely have to take meds to fall asleep on the trail. At home, a bit more often due to my nighttime sleep cycles constantly getting interrupted at work. I cant take any meds for it at work.
Melatonin works good for me as well, but even though its a natural hormone, you need to be careful not to take too much as it can be more harmful than Benadryl based meds such as Tylenol PM if you take too much. Also, they don't have any real studies on the long term effect of Melatonin supplements on your body's ability to produce it naturally, which it must do. So be careful with it. The other thing about Melatonin is that I usually feel drowsy well into the next day despite getting a good nights sleep.
I usually bring a few Tylenol PM's with me on the trail. Not only does it help me sleep should I need it, but it also helps should I or someone I'm with have allergy problems.
Its miserable trying to sleep if your nose and eyes are itching.