I have a severly autistic five year old son who has severe sleep issues. We have often been told to try benadryl to get him to sleep but I generally don't give him any medication. So, I was very reluctant to try it. BUT... he had allergies to cats, and do to an emergency situation we ended up in a house with four cats, so I gave him a dose during the day. It didn't make him sleepy, and it didn't work on his allergies either.
Anywho, my sons sleep issue have really effected our life. It started to cause arguements between my husband and I, and I really started to resent his night waking. He only slept about an hour of broken sleep a night, and cried the rest of the time. We tried several natural remedies, chiropratic care, diet change and even accupunture. And nothing worked.
I eventaully had to look more into actually medicating him. I have to tell myself that it really was for his good. Most days he was to tired to do anything, and he was constantly getting sick. We have a homeopathic doctor and even HE was recommending getting medication. So... we did. We don't give it to him every night. But, it seems to have made a huge difference, even on the nights he doesn't get the medication he will sleep at least four hours (broken up) a night.
I have no idea what the point of this post was. LOL