Nytol Original and One-A-Night are sleeping pills that provide short relief from sleeplessness, also known as insomnia.

The active element in both Nytol Original and One-A-Night is diphenhydramine, a sleepy antihistamine. Nytol, taken 20 minutes before bed, helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Nytol tablets are:

  • Clinically-proven sleeping aid tablets, ideal for the short term relief of sleeplessness or insomnia.
  • Easy to swallow and suitable for children and adults over the age of 16.
  • Perfect for helping you to initiate and maintain sleep, leaving you feeling revitalised the next morning.
  • The UK’s favourite sleeping aid tablets.
  • Available through The Independent Pharmacy with next-day delivery after a short online consultation.


What is insomnia?

Insomnia is another word for the difficulty to fall or stay asleep. Many people may suffer insomnia at some point in their lives, and it can be caused by a variety of factors.

Some causes of insomnia may be:

  • Stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.
  • Caffeine or other stimulating substances or activities before going to bed.
  • Sleeping environment
  • Physical health conditions
  • Some medication

The NHS website offers useful sleep advice. Some people find that making small lifestyle changes can help them get more rested nights sleep.

If you want more information about insomnia, take a look at our Insomnia Advice & Treatment page.


Nytol for anxiety

Nytol is a sleeping aid used by those who have trouble sleeping. Sleep problems or insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors.

Anxiety, stress and depression are known to cause sleeplessness and therefore Nytol can be used in the short term to help you get a good night’s sleep. Nytool should not be used for more than 2 weeks.

Nytol does not, however, help to treat anxiety. If you are suffering from stress or anxiety that is causing you to lose sleep, you must discuss treatment and support options with your doctor or pharmacist.


How does Nytol work?

Nytool Original and Nytool One-A-Night contain the antihistamine diphenhydramine hydrochloride.

Nytool aids in the promotion of peaceful sleep. Diphenhydramine works by inhibiting histamine receptors in the brain, resulting in a sedative effect. This procedure reduces your alertness and induces tiredness, allowing you to obtain a decent night’s sleep.

You may have heard of, or taken, antihistamines such as cetirizine or loratadine for hay fever or other allergies before. These should not be taken as a sleeping aid. They are known as non-drowsy antihistamines which work by blocking antihistamine uptake but outside the brain where it has no little effect on drowsiness.


Does Nytol work and how long does it last?

Nytol takes about 30 minutes to start making you drowsy. It is therefore recommended that Nytol tablets be taken 20 minutes before going to bed for best results.

The effects of Nytol usually last around 4-6 hours, meaning they help you sleep soundly through the night but wake up feeling refreshed.


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