I started taking ambien last year and i loved it! That is until a couple pf months ago when it stopped being so effective. I tried adding a tylenol pm with but still would manage to get no more then 4 hours of sleep total and most of that is sleep for an hour wake up for an hour. So i asked my doctor for something else... he chose sonata and i am sorry but i can take it at eight o'clock and still being laying in bed at 1am wondering if anything is going to work... no i allergic to lunesta so what do i do now. I am a mother of three and work fulltime... someone please give me some advice... i am sooo tired!!!
Hi Very Tired,
You only posted this in February so I hope by now your situation has improved. In the many years I gave medications including those with mental health issues, I began to see a problem and a pattern. Doctors treat many problems in what I call defensive medicine. Now that term has different meanings but I apply it here to quick response. Doctor diagnoses, determines a problem, prescribes a treatment.
This approach usually works fine for about 2 weeks. Especially so when it comes to psych or sleep meds. There is a 2-week threshold when an antidepressant, anxiolytic, sleep med, etc. works well in many cases. The increase in serotonin (enhances well being, peacefulness), noradrenalin (interest, excitement), and dopamine (pleasure, satisfaction) will make you feel better. Or the benzo will elevate GABA and your anxiety and insomnia are suppressed.
But at the 2-week point, the brain responds to these increases in neurotransmitters by creating more receptors to absorb the "excess". Even assuming the brain has a chemical imbalance, even a dysfunctional brain does not like outside influences on its domain and it will respond accordingly.
Defensive medicine is not a long-term strategy. Cause and effect must be explored and there are no easy answers but it is the only approach to any sustained effective treatment. What causes the sleep problem? Is it stress, PTSD, chemical abuse, a nutritional deficiency, etc.? I unfortunately don't even have an answer to my own sleep problems but I do know medications often work only in the short term.
Keep a diary. Try to find a key in your daily routine that might lead you to the cause of your sleep problems. Also think about homeopathic meds for sleep. Good luck.
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