How Xanax Has Helped Me To Sleep (Thread 260040)

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Evie Says:

I have been on antidepresents for about 2 years, nothing helped me to sleep. I started taking 1.5mg of xanax before I go to bed and finally after all this time I am sleeping through the night. I still have dreams but they don't keep me awake, I feel fully rested and get a good nights sleep. I only take the xanax at night, I don't take anything during the day, I don't feel any anxiety. I will never take anything else, all those other meds i.e Zoloft, Viibryd, Prozac made me crazy. Hope this will help someone else. Now that I'm sleeping I'm sure that I will be back to normal soon. Hang in things will get better. I also take it on an empty stomach and just sit and relax quitely before bed.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Evie! How are you? I'm very glad that you've found something that works for you.

Benzodiazepines have proven successful for resistant insomnia in many people, when other medications didn't work.

However, they do carry the risk of being habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache and irritability.

As to the antidepressants, it actually makes sense that they didn't help you to sleep, most of them can cause REM onset latency, which means that it takes longer to fall asleep and longer to enter the REM stage and it also lasts for a shorter period of time.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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