Nowadays, with the world’s current state of affairs, it is no shock that more people are having difficulty sleeping. Most people’s insomnia gets to the point where sleep is impossible without the aid of a sleeping pill. In most of these cases, the benefit outweighs the risk, and after many sleepless nights, they are forced to accept the medication and see if it can offer them any help dealing with their insomnia. After dealing with many sleepless nights myself, I decided to try sleeping pills and see if they could offer me any help.
Ambien, or the generic form zolipidem, is an immediate-release sleeping pill. Ambien CR is also offered but in a controlled-release form. Yes, Ambien can help you get to sleep but the risk of dependency is also there. Once you begin taking sleeping pills the likelihood of you relying on them to get to sleep is high. Once you stop taking the medication you cannot fall asleep naturally again, at least from my experience.
Some experts say that repeat insomnia can occur but normally subsides within a night or two. From personal accounts, most people need to stay on sleeping pills after taking Ambien. Vivid dreaming also occurs frequently along with a deep sleep. From this deep sleep there is also an intense fatigue first thing in the morning and it is very hard to get out of bed. You feel more drugged up than refreshed. This feeling typically lessens as the day progresses. Amnesia is also reported frequently. This basically means that people who are taking Ambien or the generic form do things, say things, make phone calls, or do work and have the inability to recall it later.
Sudden memory loss can also occur as long as a decreased ability to recall information. I also noticed a delay in my thinking or cognitive development since I began taking sleeping pills. Added confusion is also reported frequently especially when waking up first thing in the morning. You have a delayed reaction of where you are and you have trouble remembering what you have to do today, what time you need to be at work along with many other things. For me, this always instilled a sense of panic in me because I could not remember what time I had to be at work and always assumed I was late. Now every night before I go to bed I check my work schedule and my alarm several times. Headaches and muscle pain also have a part in the negative side effects. These do not seem to be as prevalent as the other side effects.
Ambien CR is a controlled-release sleeping pill. Basically, this means that the pill dissolves slowly in your stomach over the course of the night. This was designed to help you stay asleep but the downfall is that medication is put into your body consistently throughout the course of the night. This means that the same dosage that is being released half an hour before you fall asleep is also being released right before you wake up. This makes it extremely difficult to wake up in the morning and you have a severe sense of confusion, body aches, tiredness, and just an overall strong feeling of fatigue. In many cases people cannot wake up in the morning. Very few people stay on the controlled release versions of this sleeping medication because it is so difficult to wake up.
In rare cases insomnia can simply go away when the individual is removed for the stressful situation or the anxiety that is keeping them awake at night. But for most of us, insomnia is something that needs to be dealt with. Sleeping medication has its downfalls but at the same time so does not sleeping at night. There is a high risk of dependency but in my case I was not sleeping anyways. Even with the negative side effects you do sleep at night and in the end that is really all that matters.