Neither are really that good for insomnia. They are benzodiazepines that can create tolerance and dependence over time. If you having them prescribed by a doctor for a short term, Lorazepam is longer acting than Xanax. Best to talk to your doctor about alternatives for insomnia.
Before I tried heavy-duty benzodiazepines for insomnia I would try something more subtle like melatonin.
If that didn't work I would try either Tylenol PM or Aleve PM.
All three of these sleeping meds are OTC medications and have fewer side effects.
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