I am wondering if anyone has chronic insomnia and has used benzos successfully long term to treat this problem?
I had anxiety-induced transient insomnia which became worse during a trauma a suffered. I went to the psychiatrist, who prescribed me Xanax for sleep. This was based on a family friend saying that he has been taking "a little" Xanax at night for 30 years. He now won't admit to having said this.
I was on it for about a year and some (taking 1mg nightly), until I started to gain tolerance, and decided to go off. The withdrawal lasted a month, and was really bad. I think it was made much, much worse in retrospect, by the fact that I wasn't sleeping, and to remedy that, I frequently took Ambien, which while it works, causes me to feel severely anxious and depressed if I take it more than once in a blue moon.
Then I went on Seroquel, which also worked wonderfully, but made me tired all the time and then stopped working. The rebound insomnia from Seroquel lasted 6 months! Now I am on month 7, and during a calm period, I noticed that I slept decently (still not as good as before I ever took the initial Xanax). Before I took anything, I used to sleep a solid 8 hours a night during non-stressful periods. Now, I sleep 6 hours, and if I am lucky, I can sleep another hour or two in pieces. This doesn't sound so bad, but I am someone who really needs 8-9 hours a night to feel like my normal self.
I noticed the best sleep I got was from mid-January to mid-March, when I took Klonopin 2-3 nights a week in addition to something called Somatomax, which you can order on Amazon. (Somatomax is by far the most potent natural sleep aid I have ever taken). If I don't take anything, I either don't sleep at all, or my sleep is very, very light with frequent awakenings, and I feel exhausted the next day.
Recently, I decided to throw away the Klonopins, as I was taking very little (.25mgs 2x a week). The next day, a very stressful situation happened with a friend, and I didn't sleep for 3 days straight. Finally, I got a hold of some Ambien, and wound up taking that for 4 days. I slunk into a major depression.
Recently, I have acquired Xanax bars, 2mg. Last night, I took 1.5mgs (I kept taking .5, but couldn't feel it) and knocked out for a full 8 hours. I feel hungover today, and don't want to get back in the habit, but that was the best sleep I have had in months.
I am wondering if anyone out there takes Klonopin or Xanax 2-3x a week (every few days) to help with sleep, and if this carries the same tolerance issues as when you take a benzo daily? I am hoping if I do this, I won't encounter days-long bouts of not sleeping. I'd rather not be on anything, but I am a social worker, and not sleeping is ruinous to my professional and social life. Not to mention, to my relationship with my boyfriend.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
I know it's a bit of a rant...