I'm 19 years old and a very light sleeper. I occasionally battle insomnia, especially when going on trips. I'll be going on another school trip in the near-future (2 weeks), and last time I couldn't sleep AT ALL during the entire time. It made me exhausted all day and I barely enjoyed myself. I'm one of those people who experiences anxiety in unfamiliar sleep environments. I really don't want that to happen again, so this time I am considering asking my doctor for a short-term 1-2 week supply of a sleep prescription (10-14 pills). The only reason why I'm considering Ambien is because it's one of the most known sleep aids and has been around for many years. I've heard of addiction stories, but I also heard that's mainly caused by long-term use of it. My goal is to use this medicine only for a one-time occasion while I'm away from home. Any advice? Thank you
I don't see why not. Just explain to your dr what you've said here. If he won't prescribe anything, I take melatonin for sleep. I find it very effective. That is OTC. Whatever you decide on, try it before you go on your trip. Make sure you're not going to have side effects that ruin your trip.
Dear Greek Johnny -Sorry to hear you have so much trouble sleeping. I understand. Due to multiple medical problems I take a lot of meds and the side effect of most are "sleepiness, etc" Just the Xanax I take (1mg X 5 daily) would floor some of my friends. Have you ever tried Ambien, or only going on advertisements? The reason I ask, keep in mind, meds work differently for different people. Years ago, when I was on few meds, I just could not get to sleep, and when I did, had a hard time staying asleep. I was given a 7 day rx for Ambien, The 1st night, I was so happy, only woke once during the night. That was it. 2nd night, back to normal laying in the dark, watching digital clock change time. For me, on only a few meds, Ambien did its job the 1st night, but for the next 6 days i was sleepless, even tho I took as prescribed. I am currently on Dalmane, which is for chronic insomnia. Some times I sleep, sometimes I don't. Its a coin toss.
I think it is a GOOD idea to take the Ambien a few days b4 your trip so you will know how it affects you. I have literally been on a dozen "sleeping" pills over the years, and some can have less than desirable effects. Good luck, hon. Hope you enjoy your trip, and hope you get the rest you need to fully enjoy.
You might try taking Benadryl as a sleep aid? I used to take it on occasion when I was having problems sleeping, and it worked very well for me. Years ago, Benadryl was a "prescription only" drug and doctors would sometimes prescribe it as a sleep aid. As someone mentioned in an earlier reply, it'd be a good idea for you to try it before you go on your trip -- just to make sure it works the way you want it to.
Good luck, and I hope you have a safe trip!
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