I have always been someone who needs to get about 7-8 hours of sleep a night to avoid feeling tired and not 100%. I have had issues with waking up too early or in the night, but could always fall asleep after a few minutes. About 1.5 months ago, out of the blue I stated waking up about an hour or so early. This was a bit of a bummer, but I could function and just ignored the issue thinking that it would go away. Well over the next several weeks, this issue became a stress of mine and I stated waking during the night 2-3 times a night which would leave me with about 4-5 hours of sleep. It was like clockwork, I would wake up every 3 hours 2.5 hours on the dot. After about a month of these issues I saw a doctor and after talking with him, we decided to try a short-term sleep aide (Ambien) to reset my sleep schedule. At first, he prescriber regular Ambien … Which was not effective on keeping me asleep since its effective usage is only for 2 hours. However, I switched to the extended release and I stopped waking during the night.
But another issue has come up, now I wake after 6.5 hours of sleep on the dot every morning. So, it’s better, but still leaves me very tired during the day. When I wake, my body is so tired, but my mind is running like it is awake. I start day dreaming about things (not actual dreaming since I am very much still awake) and then after not falling back to sleep, I get slightly frustrated which doesn’t help. I usually lay there for 2 hours and then get out of bed having only slept for 6 or 6.5 hours. I am still taking the sleep aid, but I am frustrated that I am still tired and at a loss on what to do. Has anyone experienced this, what should I do? What options do I have?
(side note) I am very aware of the issues that come with using a sleep aid for the long term and have spoken extensively with the doc about ending the use within weeks after everything gets back to normal.