I have bad allergies in the autumn, so this season I’ve been taking a scheduled drug cocktail I concocted myself. When I wake up, I take generic Claritin RediTabs, which melt in my mouth and are generally delicious. (For five days only, that’s been replaced with a trial run of generic Zyrtec, which I have to swallow with water like a sucka. My conclusions? With Claritin, I can breathe through my nose, but it runs a lot. With Zyrtec, I can’t breathe through my nose, but it doesn’t run. Those are the only differences, as far as I can tell.) At bedtime, I take generic Benadryl. Since it makes me sleepy, and since I’ve been going to bed around 3am and waking up well after noon and feeling rather unproductive, I tried taking Benadryl at midnight. I got slightly sleepy at 2am, which happily coincided with the ending of the last episode of season one of 30 Rock I was watching on DVD. The result? I woke up at 9:30am. Well played!
It’s all in the timing.