I started Stilnox possibly 6 years ago. 10mg. It went up after tolerance to 30 then 40 the other night I took 90 mg and I literally felt nothing. My question is does it just stop working and if so how much time do I need to reset my body to be able to start on 10 mg again? I have insane anxiety and cannot fall asleep unless my mind gets switched off. I feel fine the next day as opposed to other drugs that make me feel sleepy for days. I love Stilnox and get it prescribed by a specialist psychiatrist. Who has upped my dose to 30 mg a night. Basically. I'm so anxious about it not working anymore and I need to know how long till I can start again without having to take so much??? Has this happened to anyone? I don't want any other drug. I hate the zombie state everything else leaves me in. For example I took my 20 mg... Waited... Nothing. Took another and another and and another and after 90 mg was still wide awake it was 1 am and I slept for only 3 hours??? What now???
Have you ever thought about going to a psychiatrist or psychologist? They can teach you ways to "switch your mind off" without drugs. Believe it or not, falling asleep on your own is a skill you learn as a very small baby. Some children never learn to fall asleep on their own-they need to be rocked or given a bottle and some even drastic things like riding around the block in a car to lull them to sleep. Unfortunately, if you never learn to go to sleep on your own, this carries over into adult life. (ask your mom, I'll bet you had trouble when you were a baby too) You can still learn this skill as an adult. There are different techniques for quieting the mind and you need to learn to turn off your thoughts and relax your body. A good psychologist/psychiatrist/therapist can teach you how to do it. This is much safer and a LOT more effective than relying on a pill to help you sleep. Medications for sleep are good in the short term but totally uneffective in the long run.
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