... for about 8 weeks now, how I can get off Ambien. For the first 6 weeks or so, I took 10 mg, and am now down to 5 mg. If I don't take it, I don't fall asleep. Is this a physical dependency or a psychological dependency? Thanks so much!
First, have you been tested for sleep apnea or anything like that? That may be your fist step if you haven't because that can actually awaken you during the night. If you are all clear in the medical area for sleep issues you may have to try and come up with a sleep routine and stick to it every night no matter what like: a warm bath and soothing music before bed, using the bedroom for sleep and/or sex only not for watching TV. Some people like to try and fall asleep while watching TV good and that has been proven by sleep experts. You may try warm milk or herb tea like a tea called sleepytime tea, there are other things that I can't think of right now but I think you can get the thought of it anyway. Don't use a TV or computer in your room it is very distracting, if you can't sleep in about 1/2-45 minutes then get up go in another room for awhile then try the bed again. Try getting off sleeping pills if you can but some people just have unexplained insomnia and have no choice but try everything else first especially getting tested by your doctor for any medical issues that may be causing it. Good luck and I hope some of this helps you sleep tight, marjorie zych
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