Ambien inhibits the neuron activity that is associated with insomnia. In other words, it slows down the brain. Ambien is extremely effective at initiating sleep, usually working within 20 minutes. However; it does not have an effect on sustaining sleep unless it is taken in the controlled release form. Also it is to be taken on an empty stomach.
It's designed to help you get to sleep, not keep you there, so based on your question it is doing exactly what it is designed to do. There's a sustained release version which may help, I find mild exercise (walking) 1 hour before bed or 30-45 minutes during the day helps as well. Hope this helps.
- Ambien Information for Consumers
- Ambien Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ambien (detailed)
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