I have yet to meet a sleeping pill I didn't hate. Of course, I'm not exactly the connoiseur of sleeping pills, I just happen to know that every sleeping pill (and in this category, I include Benadryl and Vicodin) I've ever taken has given me a major hangover. I am still getting accustomed to my CPAP machine, so my sleep doctor recommended I take a very low dose of a prescription medication called Zolpidem, just to help me fall asleep faster with the mask on my face. I asked him if it would make me drowsy the next day or if it could possibly lead to addiction, and he gave me a resounding "No" on both counts.
Yeah, right, he's full of it. I've used it for 3 nights in a row, and every day I have awakened feeling like a zombie, and as a few little "extra"perks, it gives me a nasty headache (the kind where it feels like all the fluid in my brain has disappeared and my brain is just sitting there like a hard, heavy lump in the base of my skull), AND maybe this is just coincidence, but I have had severe anxiety dreams. Here's a sample: I'm walking through an amusement park and the rides are all about to hit me, and then I'm trying to find my husband because I don't know how to get home by myself, but I can't find him so I start yelling out for him at the top of my lungs, and the next thing I know I'm at home with a mob of neighbors at my front door threatening me with violence if I don't turn down my loud music and I still can't find my husband who has some magic combination to turn it down.
Yeah, right, no side effects, uh-huh, right.