At the end of last week my allergies transformed into a little sinus infection, and I've been fighting it for a while now. Since Claritin doesn't seem to work for me, I'm normally fine with taking regular Benedryl and just struggling with being sleepy for a few hours. I took one in the morning yesterday, and for some reason, it hit me like a super-duper extra strength dose! I was so tired all day long, and when I got home from work, I hit the couch right away and slept three hours straight, then opened my eyes for some TV, and then went to bed and slept another eight hours, for a total of eleven full hours of sleep! I usually sleep only 5-6 hours a night, so this was double rest for me. I'm pretty amazed that I slept that much, but I'm sure I needed it. Today I skipped the Benedryl and felt really alert (even though I had to blow my nose), and I just scored the best I ever have on a JLPT listening comprehension test at my Japanese lesson with Mikie, so maybe all that sleep made me smarter!