This "antihistamine possessing anticholinergic, antitussive, antiemetic and sedative properties," commonly marketed under the trade name Benadryl, was what I tried last night for having had trouble with insomia recently. It is directed for allergies, which I have never had to any significant degree, but info does say it is also a non-prescription sleep aid. I don't recall for sure if I've never used it before, but recently I've been remembering my mom taking it in her latter years (she passed away in 2001), and she said she thought it does help to get rest... but she said it also gave her "crazy little dreams," and I think now I know what she meant. After taking 2 tablets-- the directions say '1 or 2' for adults-- I finished a Valentine poem I was writing for our class, then lay down to read. I was reading along and beginning to feel a bit "out of it," when suddenly the thought of a man with a bloody face emerged from 'nowhere' [not from what I was reading or anything else on my mind] and then I saw him, just for a split second, as you see a dream. That pattern began to repeat itself with different "sights." Once it was a woman riding in something close to the ground; this one lasted a few seconds, and she turned her face toward me, and her eyes, nose, lips, etc., were plastics of different colors glued onto her. I don't think I can remember others in the specifics besides those 2 (my mom had also been vague as to the specifics of what she meant by "crazy little dreams"), but this just kept happening, and still continued after I put my book down and turned the light off... and still couldn't sleep for quite a while. Then in the morning I slept longer than usual. Has anyone else had such an experience with this otc drug, or know much more about it? I may give it another shot tonight-- but only one tablet, at least for a long time if it does not show that hypnotic quality, and I still can't sleep.