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Not the same since they changed the formula :(
on June 14, 2010
I'm updating this review to reflect what I have experienced since they changed the formula. It is now a hard, crunchy pill that does not dissolve softly in your mouth, and tastes like a strong breath-mint instead of the nice, gentle flavor of the old formula. But that's not the part I'm unhappy about. What made me stop using it is that something in the new formula causes my throat to feel irritated - almost like an itch, which is awful since you can't scratch the inside of your throat! - and the itch spreads up my throat and into my ears, and lasts for the better part of an hour. This feeling keeps me awake more than my insomnia could ever hope to do. Also, it scares me, so after two doses and nights of itchy throat/ears, I threw the rest of my new package away! I'm really bummed that I've lost part of my arsenal in the battle against insomnia, but if the new formula doesn't give you this reaction, then it should still be able to help you get some sleep.
I haven't slept through the night since I entered puberty, so I have quite an arsenal of sleep aid products in my medicine cabinet, including the Benadryl-based ones and plain, old Melatonin. I try not to take any of them every single night, because I know that if I do they'll lose effectiveness. In addition, melatonin over time will supplant the body's natural ability to produce serotonin, so it should definitely not be taken every single night. Benadryl products should also not be taken every night, because they are an antihistamine and vasoconstrictor, and, well, you just shouldn't do that to your body constantly!
Midnite contains melatonin, which is the real active ingredient. It also contains Chamomile, which helps normal people sleep, but I am not normal, so Chamomile does nothing for me except maybe smell nice in its natural state. Midnite also contains Lavender, the fragrance of which is emotionally calming and which I also use to help me sleep, but I had never heard before that it's also supposed to be soporific when ingested - I suspect it isn't really, but what the heck, it's harmless and frequently used in candy and pastries as food flavoring.
What I like about it is that it is 1) chewable, so I can keep it beside the bed, which is great (it also tastes pretty good,) and also that it is 2) low enough in dosage that I can take it later in the night when I wake up and not have to worry that I won't be able to get up and function by the time morning rolls around. The other products I use must be taken early enough that they'll wear off by the time the alarm goes off, or I'd be a complete zombie.