Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)

Posted by lusia @lusia, Dec 9, 2017

taking 5mg ambian for 20 years can melatonin help to ween me off

@lmcoff

Hi Jake,

I've tried .5mg up to 10mg. Same result, plus anything over 5mg made me nauseous and feeling like I was drunk and stuck in a nightmare even when I was awake.

Lynn

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@incoff
Did you ever have nightmares prior to supplementing melatonin? Have you tried Magnesium?
I suppose you follow the normal pre-sleep protocols. No TV, phone, computer, darken house, relax for an hour or two before bed, go out in the sun everyday, sleep in cool room, go to bed everyday at the same time and get up at the same time, no large or spicy meals close to bedtime, no caffeine, etc, although my Mom had coffee right before bed and was asleep within 5 minutes. 10 minutes on a bad night and I stayed up all night or up to a week on rare occasions.
Hoping your sleep improves,
Jake

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So true!! These protocols make a huge difference- my wife is like your Mom. I stop coffee around noon. Green tea and then chamomile throughout the day.

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@jakedduck1

@incoff
Did you ever have nightmares prior to supplementing melatonin? Have you tried Magnesium?
I suppose you follow the normal pre-sleep protocols. No TV, phone, computer, darken house, relax for an hour or two before bed, go out in the sun everyday, sleep in cool room, go to bed everyday at the same time and get up at the same time, no large or spicy meals close to bedtime, no caffeine, etc, although my Mom had coffee right before bed and was asleep within 5 minutes. 10 minutes on a bad night and I stayed up all night or up to a week on rare occasions.
Hoping your sleep improves,
Jake

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Hi Jake,

I seldom had nightmares prior to using melatonin, and since I had them every time I used it I had to attribute the nightmares to the melatonin. And I try to be careful with the sleep protocols. I bought a pair of glasses to block blue light and start wearing them @10pm every night, which seems to actually help.

As for caffeine, I have completely stopped it. I miss my coffee, but I can't take a chance on it impeding my sleep. My husband can drink 2 or 3 cups between 5pm and 10pm and fall right asleep, which drives me crazy LOL!!!

Lynn

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