I am now looking into asking my doctor if I can try Ambien at bedtime to treat my insomnia. I want positive feedback from anyone who has taken it and did it help for staying asleep?
My chronic insomnia is back.
- 16 Mar 2021 by TyreseTl
- 4 April 2021 (2 weeks ago)
- ambien, insomnia, doctor, chronic
I am taking Remeron before bedtime, I sometimes add 50mg of Hydroxyzine. Both help falling asleep and staying asleep but 2 days I am unable to stay asleep. Im only sleeping for 2-4 hours at nighttime now.Added 16 Mar 2021:
2 days ago*
Have you tried Seroquel off label use for insomnia at a low dose of 50mgs.?
If you have not tried it, I suggest you ask your Dr. about it.
How long have you had it?
How much does it interfere with your lifestyle?
Do you have contributing factors for a sleep Disorder like snoring, being overweight, having High BP or waking up like you never slept, not being able to concentrate or remember, etc etc
Insomnia is dangerous to your health! Plus people don't want to hear you complain because they feel helpless.
You need a sleep study! I've learned after 10 years:
I developed high BP.
I was 20 lbs overweight and couldn't lose.
I still have my tonsils. Which lead to sleep obstruction.
I spent my life as a shift worker.
I didn't have good sleep hygiene.
I had babies at age 40 and you know you are sleep deprived!
I was on call 24/7 days a Week.
I had nerve damage from a routine blood test. It started a complex pain syndrome.
All of a sudden I couldn't get tired, much less sleep. My brain wouldn't turn off!
Several years went by and I could tell my immune system was taking a hit.
Sleep Heals! It is not just torture but as much. as a need for food.
My emotions were off key and I started to lose my decision making skills. I was no longer happy or participating in life.
I finally broke down in the doc office. She knew how hard I worked and I was sleeping 3 hours at most.
She gave me Restoril which didn't work.
I asked for Ambien which they don't like to do.
I was finally sleeping! I was ecstatic until realized I never had a dream so I didn't feel well rested - ever. Physically I had people tell me I looked tired.
I had to take it nightly or I wouldn't sleep. You become tolerant so you start losing sleep again. I was a Zombie even with the Ambien.
I got all the auto-immune disorders and cancer. I just knew my body could no longer heal itself.
I was given Seroquel in addition but had dangerous cardiac effects.
Remeron too. I ended up in the ER with a heart rate over 180 and very low BP.
I was falling during the night and fractured my ankle.
I was so tired I couldn't even talk rationally.
At this point I was sleeping 3-4 hours every 3 days. My kids told me I was crying in my sleep.
This is what happens over the years.
I was angry with every ok me because they were all snoring. I was even angry at the dogs!
If I were you, I'd investigate all of the good sleep hygiene techniques.
Get enough exercise during the day.
Don't eat close to bedtime, etc.
The sleep apps are helpful if you do them religiously.
If you still have insomnia, go have a sleep study.
I had Central sleep apnea. I ended up with a BiPap machine and oxygen for night use.
What really saved me?
Ambien 10 mg plus trazodone at night.
It allowed me to dream and I no longer have issues becoming tolerant.
What a difference!
I am participating in life again!
Don't let it become chronic because it's harder to fix.
Be well, my friend
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