Does Nytol work?

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If you're struggling to get to sleep, it might be tempting to take Nytol to help you. However, does this work?

This article will cover what Nytol is and its purpose. It will also cover whether or not Nytol works and whether it's better than other brands of sleeping tablets.

In a nutshell, Nytol can work for some people. However, for others, it could be worth exploring some alternative brands.

It's also wise to have a proper wind-down routine and sort out potential causes of stress. However, unfortunately, Nytol isn't a magic pill that will solve all your problems.

What is insomnia?

The idea behind Nytol is that it helps people who might struggle to get to sleep. A solution to the all-too-common problem of insomnia.

Simply put, insomnia is a condition that prevents people from being able to fall asleep. As a result, people with insomnia will often lie awake at night when they want to sleep. They might even find themselves waking up regularly during the night.

Despite struggling to get to sleep, people with insomnia are often tired during the day and, despite being tired, still find it challenging to take naps.

Consequently, it becomes tiresome to concentrate on everyday tasks such as working, reading, or housework.

What is Nytol supposed to do?

The drug contains Valerian Root extract. As the name suggests, this is a substance from the root of a plant called Valerian. People have used Valerian root to induce sleep and promote calmness throughout the body for a long time.

People have been using valerian root to help them get to sleep for centuries- although having it in pill form is a more recent development.

The drug also contains antihistamine which blocks the actions of histamine and, in doing so, reduces your alertness, helping you to sleep.

The science of Nytol

So far, scientists are not too sure why valerian root helps people get to sleep. However, the most dominant theory is that it increases GABA.

GABA is a chemical that our brains release to help keep us calm. It does this by interacting with serotonin receptors and stopping them from being so active.

Valerian root interacts with the GABA producing part of our brains and encourages it to release more.

Antihistamines are a bit clearer. Our brain cells have what are called H1 receptors. When the brain releases histamine, it's the H1 receptors that make us alert to potential danger. Antihistamines block the H1 receptors and stop the histamine from reaching its targeted brain cells.

Although histamine is vital for helping us avoid harm, it can become inconvenient when it prevents us from sleeping.

What does the data say?

Generally speaking, sleeping pills such as Nytol have shown some evidence to work. However, even if they help some people get to sleep, it will not always be high-quality sleep. Therefore, people who have insomnia must think about long-term solutions.

Mental health issues are the primary cause of insomnia, so it might be wise to take some CBT or talking therapy to help.

Is Nytol better than other sleeping tablets?

Generally speaking, the science around whether Nytol is better, worse, or the same as other sleeping pills isn't precise.

Different people might find that other brands work better for them.

Some Nytol products use a chemical called Diphenhydramine, which relieves symptoms of allergies. However, it has become popular as a sleeping aid due to the side-effect of making people who take it drowsy.

Other sleeping pills use Promethazine for sleep, which alters the brain's chemicals to make people who take it calm and relaxed.

The best way to tell which sleeping pills work for you will experiment. Keep on trying them until you find the brand that works for you.

You may wish to discuss with your doctor if you are worried about potential allergens.

Melatonin is a very popular type of sleeping aid across Europe and the USA, but it is not generally available in the UK. To find out more check out our article on: Is Melatonin Banned in the UK?

Side Effects of Nytol

Although not everyone experiences side effects from Nytol, some people do, and others don't.

However, before you take any drug, it's always wise to know about the potential side effects. This way, if you are one of the people who experience them, you will be better able to overcome them and decide whether or not this drug is worth taking.

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Diarrhoea

  • Drowsiness

  • Allergic reaction

Nytol Product Range

Nytol isn't just a product. It's also a brand that makes several different products. However, all products made by Nytol are designed to help people sleep.

It's a bit like how Coca-Cola is a product but also a brand. However, all products within that brand have a similar purpose (to taste nice).

Here is a list of some of the products that Nytol makes.

  • Nytol original

  • Nytol Liquid form

  • Nytol One a Night

  • Nytol Herbal one a night

  • Nytol Herbal tablets

  • Nytol Herbal Elixir

  • Nytol anti-snoring spray

What is Nytol One a Night?

Nytol One Night helps you relax after waking up tired and rehydrated. Use for sleeping temporarily.

Do Nytol Products work?

Most sleeping pills that contain antihistamines help prevent histamine from taking effect in the body. However, not all insomnia is due to histamine.

According to Nytol's website, some of its products are scientifically proven to work. However, this is a rather dubious claim, as they do not link to any sort of scientific paper or data to support it.

Other products, namely herbal products, are based on tradition rather than study. However, don't be too quick to dismiss tradition. If it works for you, it works for you. The fact that scientists don't know why it works for you doesn't prevent it from doing so.

How to get the most out of Nytol

If you want to get the most out of Nytol, don't just take it and expect to fall asleep immediately.

Make sure you have a good sleeping routine in place. For example, don't be on your phone when you should be asleep. and Avoid doing work late at night.

How long does it take for Nytol to kick in?

Nytol makes your drowsiness last about 30 minutes. For optimum effect, Nytol tablets need to be taken 20 minutes before bed. Nytol's effects normally last between four and a day which helps you sleep through the night while bringing you fresh energy.

Does Nytol do anything as a sleep aid?

Nytol anti-snoring nasal spray works immediately. Repeating snoring increases strength and reduces drowsiness in your throat.

How does Nytol help you get a good night's sleep?

What is the science behind this? Nytol One-A-Night contains a commonly used Antihistamine called diphenhydramine hydrochloride (it works better than to say).


Nytol can work as a sleep aid to get a good night's sleep. Long ago people used the herbal properties of this drug as herbal remedies for insomnia. In addition, if you experience mild anxiety, you may suffer from insomnia.

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