Patient :I have problems staying asleep at night. This is mostly due to work anxiety. I fall asleep just fine around 10:30pm but wake up like clockwork between 12-2am and stay awake until my alarm goes off at 6am.
Last night, I tried taking a benadryl at 9:30pm and ended up waking up at 1:30 and not going back to sleep.
My question is - can I take 1/2 of a 5mg ambien when I wake up in the middle of the night and not be a zombie the next day? Will it help me go back to sleep?
Thank you for writing to Ask The Doctor.
I can understand your concerns.
There are a few causes of insomnia.
Recent big change in life
Disturbance while sleeping
Certain medication like Benadryl that can affect sleep cycle
Here are a few things you can try:
Avoid any disturbances from affecting your sleep. Close the curtains, don't allow sounds to get in and keep the door closed.
Avoid a big meal just before sleeping
Avoid drinking coffee or alcohol just before you are about to sleep
Follow a routine and try to sleep at the same time and do the same thing before sleeping (read a book)
Exercise 3 to 4 times weekly
Medication like ambien can help in sleeping problems but it is a potent medication and should be taken after seeing a doctor.
I hope this has answered your query. Please follow up if you have more questions.
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