Nighttime Cold Medicines Work Overtime

Every person’s body needs time to rest and recover when battling a severe cold, sinus infection or allergy attack. By allowing the body a few extra hours of uninterrupted sleep, the body can focus on fighting intruder viruses and infections. To augment the body’s natural recovery process, nighttime cough, cold and flu medicines boost the body’s virus-fighting power with carefully selected ingredients. Despite a nighttime medicine’s effective capabilities, some people may still be hesitant to use P.M. formulas due to concerns regarding drowsiness or oversleeping. However, not all medicines are created equal.  Here are a few fast facts concerning the potency of nighttime medicine, and how it can help you feel better faster—without making an early morning wake-up too much to bear.

What’s In It? 
Diphenhydramine, an antihistamine commonly used in nighttime formulas (including NiteClear), relieves a wide array of allergy and common cold symptoms. According to pharmaceutical experts, these symptoms include coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes/nose/throat, sneezing and more. Luckily, this antihistamine also works as a cough suppressant, giving the body its much-needed reprieve from unwanted coughing spells during nighttime hours. Most importantly, diphenhydramine causes drowsiness, helping the body to relax and fall asleep, leading to a night of productive and restful healing. High quality sleep is essential for recovery.

Experts warn against nighttime medicine formulas with alcohol, given its possible disruption to the sleep cycle. Studies show that, while alcohol helps the body ease into sleep, it actually interacts with the brain to reduce the quality of that slumber. Alcohol may prevent REM sleep, which is an essential type of sleep that occurs at intervals during the night. Alcohol’s disruption of this type of sleep could mean waking up feeling less rested than expected, and weakening the body’s opportunity to fight off a virus. Experts further warn against any formula containing alcohol, as it can lead to dehydration and exacerbate symptoms.

NiteClear’s formula remains free of alcohol to give consumers a quality night of productive sleep that helps them soon feel better.

Does It Really Help?
Nighttime medicines are designed to provide the same relief and effectiveness as daytime formulas, but simply with added ingredients that may cause drowsiness. Experts believe that the body produces increased mucous throughout the night, not only increasing discomfort levels but also decreasing the ability to breathe. Quite often, anyone experiencing this level of discomfort or congestion will become a “mouth-breather”, causing mouth dryness, sore throat, and overall achiness.  Mouth breathing also may lead to increased coughing, due to irritated airways, which disrupts sleep and causes further discomfort. Overall, without the help of nighttime formula, many end up tossing and turning all night, due to irritating symptoms.

Nighttime medicines do not necessarily equate to lasting grogginess and the inability to wake up the following morning. The label ‘nighttime’ simply denotes versions of over-the-counter medicine designed for sleeping hours, because some ingredients most likely cause drowsiness. Anyone using a nighttime formula should be prepared to get a good full night’s sleep, somewhere between seven to nine hours.

Nighttime cold and flu formulas, such as NiteClear, combine pharmaceutical ingredients that help relieve cold symptoms and soothe aches and pain that arise from flu. This combination would typically make you drowsy throughout the day, as the body is working overtime to combat unwanted intruders. However, the formula is perfect for a body truly at rest, arming you with the necessary ingredients to fight your way back to health.

As with all multi-symptom medicines, check the back of the package to see what’s actually in it before you take it with any other medicines. Certain ingredients should not be taken together or in excess. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult a doctor or pharmacist.

For more information on NiteClear’s active ingredients, and how it may hasten your recovery, visit DayClear.com.