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Many insomniacs turn to over-the-counter drugs for insomnia treatment. Common used over-the-counter drugs are Benadryl and alcoholic drinks to help them get some sleep. This is a mistake, according to Medical Research. That's because alcohol actually disrupts quality sleep and antihistamines like Benadryl can cause lingering daytime sedation and other cognitive problems. Click on the above link to learn more from the Merck Manual Home Edition.