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QXanax for chronic insomnia? Yes or no?

Before you give an answer, please take the time to read of my current situation:

For the past three months now I have been suffering from really bad insomnia. The first month was the worst, I only got 0-3 hours of sleep a night, usually waking up every hour or so. I was put on ambien, but it didn't really work too well. The second month I got a bit better. I was put on amitriptyline, an antidepressant that is also prescribed for insomnia, and I was sleeping 4 to 7 hours a night. I would wake up every three or four hours, but if I was lucky I would get 6 or 7 hours total, even though it was broken up. Still, this was a major improvement and I was happy. The thing is the amitriptyline kinda stopped working. I don't feel drowsy after taking it anymore. So now my sleep is back to crap again. The thing is I know why I can't sleep, it's because I'm too anxious at night, and it causes me to think too much about random things and I have a hard time relaxing, which in turn gives me poor sleep. I try to relax, but I can't shut my mind off. I was talking to someone I know and they said that I should try xanax. I described the symptoms of my night time anxieties to her and she told me that xanax would work in fighting my problem.

Now, Ive tried xanax before and it didn't really help to do anything at all. I took it and I just felt normal, didn't feel any difference. Still, i took the suggestion and tried it out. I took a 0.5 mg pill before bed a few days back, laid down, was wide awake one second, and the next thing I know it was already morning time. I didn't even feel myself drifting off into sleep, I was wide awake one second and the next it was already morning. I looked at the clock and I had slept for six hours straight. I thought that this was too good to be true. So, the next night i took a 0.5 mg pill again to help me sleep. I was really anxious as usual during bedtime, but after taking the xanax I felt really calm and relaxed. This time I actually felt myself drifting to sleep. It turns out that I slept 9 to 10 hours that night! Unbelievable. And it actually felt like good sleep too, not all light and broken, and it was dream filled too. Best sleep ive had in months. I only woke up once or twice really briefly where I'd fall back asleep right away or to use the restroom, but that was it. So far this has been the medicine that has worked the best for me.

The thing is, I've read some online opinions on xanax and it is mixed. There are people who say that it is ok to use for sleep, but there are others who say that it isnt ok to use for sleep. There are those who say that if used properly xanax is one of the safest drugs out there with very low addiction chances, but then there are those who say that no matter what it is easy to get addicted to xanax. Should I keep using xanax for a bit to sleep, or should I stop and seek other methods? I was just gonna use xanax for maybe a month or so to help me learn how to calm down and relax and to teach me how to sleep properly again. My insomnia problem seems to be caused by night time anxiety, and xanax is an anti anxiety medication. So it seems to me that it is the perfect medication for my situation, still, I'm not too sure yet...

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#1PCBAnswered at 2014-05-05 05:07:54
You should speak to your doctor about all of this...and let him/her know what your experience with the Xanax was.
It sounds to me, like it's not true insomnia you're suffering from - but anxiety induced insomnia - which would make the anxiety your primary problem. It would make it be perfectly logical and acceptable to treat the anxiety which would relax you - thus allowing sleep.
He/She may not choose to treat you with Xanax long term, but perhaps with another anxiolytic drug.
Good luck...hope you get some rest!
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