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Old 04-28-2016, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Treatment depends on why you can't sleep. Could be:

Hormone related/menopause
That cup of coffee you had at 6pm
Stress
Tension
other medical causes
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:26 AM
 
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Sleep hygiene, tea, electronics and all that is mostly for sleep onset problems. I.e. Have trouble getting to sleep.

For those with chronic (not some temporary stress) sleep maintenance problems I don't think there is much out there. Some supplements help a few, some supplements only help for awhile like some of the prescription pills. Alcohol is a no no for sleep maintenance but I quit my 6pm small glass of wine and still problems. Trazadone helps a fair amount of people (old anti depressant) and if you don't have side effects seems to work fairly long term.

For the OP I agree with the advice, get some professional help to wean off Ambien. After that I have no help for you and neither does the medical community (otherwise so many people wouldn't have this problem).
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Cupertino, CA
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I believe all these type of meds are intended for short term use. You should consider weaning yourself off such meds and rely on good sleep hygiene to sleep better. Relaxing each evening taking your mind off things, limiting caffeine to strictly the mornings (or better yet have none at all), having a cool, dark comfortable bedroom and the like.
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Old 05-01-2016, 05:49 AM
 
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I believe all these type of meds are intended for short term use. You should consider weaning yourself off such meds and rely on good sleep hygiene to sleep better. Relaxing each evening taking your mind off things, limiting caffeine to strictly the mornings (or better yet have none at all), having a cool, dark comfortable bedroom and the like.
Honestly I just hate it when every says "just do sleep hygiene" like that's some miracle cure. #1 - its moew for sleep onset insomnia not sleep maintenance insomnia. #2 I've done it for years and it makes no difference. Nor has it for probably hundreds of thousands of others.

Now if its something the OP hasn't tried by all means give it a go. But if the issue is sleep maintenance which is my impression don't expect much.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:43 AM
 
Location: The Palmetto State
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Well, my psych office dropped me because I found out one of the drugs I was taking for anxiety/depression was causing a serious side effect and she refused to change it and she said if I had an issue with it then to leave the practice, so I did.

So in a few weeks, Ambien will be gone. How can I prep for this? I know about all this sleep hygiene, not drinking caffeine, etc. Should I even ask to be put on another type of sleeping med (when I find another doc) or no? Or are all sleep medications bad for people? I'm just trying to prepare myself now....
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:45 AM
 
Location: The Palmetto State
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Also, what are some NATURAL supplements to make yourself tired and alert? I'm now extremely tired throughout the day, to the point I go to my car to try and take a nap during my lunch break.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:05 AM
 
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That Elusive Sleep (My Remedy)
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:06 PM
 
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Well, my psych office dropped me because I found out one of the drugs I was taking for anxiety/depression was causing a serious side effect and she refused to change it and she said if I had an issue with it then to leave the practice, so I did.

So in a few weeks, Ambien will be gone. How can I prep for this? I know about all this sleep hygiene, not drinking caffeine, etc. Should I even ask to be put on another type of sleeping med (when I find another doc) or no? Or are all sleep medications bad for people? I'm just trying to prepare myself now....
What medication? I'm concerned she just dropped you given the meds you're on and the dangers associated with quitting ambien cold turkey.

Have you been working with this Dr for a long time? Is she part of a practice or on her own?

You have some options, but I'd need a bit more info.
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Old 05-13-2016, 02:10 PM
 
Location: The Palmetto State
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What medication? I'm concerned she just dropped you given the meds you're on and the dangers associated with quitting ambien cold turkey.

Have you been working with this Dr for a long time? Is she part of a practice or on her own?

You have some options, but I'd need a bit more info.
I've seen her for a year. She's part of a practice, not her own. No one understands why she had such issues taking me off Ambien and also changing the one medication another provider told her was causing me harm. I have severe TMD. My TMD doctor realized my psych med Effexor is one of the worse meds you can take with TMD and wanted me to get off of it immediately. When I told her that, she said she wouldn't change it until the stressors in my life calmed down and if I wasn't happy with her decision, I could change psych doctors. I was horrified by her response. I felt like it was malpractice. I had been begging for months to get me off both of those meds for months and she kept saying she wanted me to wait until certain things in my life passed. So now, I'm stuck with no doctor. I'm going to see if a family practice can write me something until I get into somewhere....
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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I've seen too many doctors in my long life and can only say, no doctor likes to be told by their patients or told by anyone else....nor probably hardly ever admit to being wrong or it was "their fault".

Thank goodness I can now handle my health on what I do and it's taken some yrs.

10 yrs of depression and not getting help and my gut telling me it's thyroid and it was, my body wasn't anti depressant deficient. It was thyroid hormone deficient.
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