I am on Ambien and have been for 10 years.
Originally Posted by sharpiessave
I take it at bedtime about 10pm go to bed and wake up refreshed at 5am, have no drowsyness, not any ill effects.
Never have there been any weird side effects, like eating in my sleep or any insane things you were talking about.
This might be because people react differently to meds.
To me, Ambien is a life saver, before I took it, I didn't sleep for over six moths. I would go to sleep, but after about ten minutes I would wake up, with severe heart palpatations, my pulsrate was between 120-180, of course when your heart beats this fast, there is no way you can go to sleep. I was hospitalized for two weeks, so the doctor could see for himself, what is happening to me. If you don't sleep for over six months, you go slowly insane. That is when the doctor decided to try Ambien and for me it works. I do have mitral valve prolapse, that is the reason for my fast heartbeat. But because of Ambien, I can live a sane life.
Sorry, I didn't mean to highjack this thread.
Now to the question about how much sleep we get.
I am very fatigued most of the time, but not tired, so all I do is rest, not sleep during the day.
I may have been dealt a bad hand, but at least I'm still playing with a full deck. ( most of the time anyway).