Trazodone vs. Ambien . . . which sleeping pill is better?
It is insane that I am able to weigh in on this topic because I was always a champion in terms of being able to sleep. I’m the guy on the airplane who closes his eyes after take-off and wakes up during landing. A bad night for me used to be when I wasn’t asleep within 3 minutes after my head hit the pillow. When my ex-wife moved out she took with her my sleepy gift. 10:00 had been my average weeknight bedtime but that didn’t fly any more. I began to push that time back to 12:00 and hoped to log at least 4 hours of shut-eye before beginning another day. I had difficulty stringing together more than a couple consecutive hours of sleep each night.
I struggled for a week or so before I broke down and called my doctor. After explaining the situation I received a prescription for Trazodone. I hadn’t heard of it before but I had high hopes that it was the answer to my night time trouble. It wasn’t. Trazodone sucks. Not only did it not make me sleep but it made me groggy and stupid for a solid 12 hours. The only thing worse than not being able to sleep is not being able to sleep while feeling like crap. I had heard good things about Ambien from others so I put in another call to the doc and he hooked me up.
The first night that I took Ambien I consumed a whole pill. I figured I would take it well before I planned to go to bed for the best result. I popped a pill and jumped online for some late night browsing. I can’t honestly say exactly how much time passed when I realized the arrow on the screen didn’t seem to match my mouse movements. I pressed on determined to stay awake longer but my body wouldn’t do what I wanted it to. So I called it quits and stood up to make my way to my room on the opposite side of the house. I was bumping into walls along my way and have no memory of climbing into bed. I woke up fresh the next morning. It’s the craziest thing but it is actually much easier to wake up the morning after taking Ambien than it would be otherwise. I had discovered the answer to my problem, a problem I hoped was temporary. But there was a catch. Ambien works too well, at least for me. I have heard others say they took it and nothing happened and I’m calling bullshit on that. It works so well that I could only take it on nights that I was home alone because I couldn’t risk being completely out of it with my kids on my watch.
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