Sleep medications are not a fix at all, but only serves to make the problem worse. Taking sleep medications is like robbing Peter to pay Paul. You take it once, you think you sleep good, so you take it again...and again...and again. The next thing you know, you can't stop taking it because you don't sleep. Then you stop getting as much sleep, and you take more...and more...and more.
Then the day comes that you finally decide you can't take any more sleep medication because it not only doesn't help you sleep, but now you have developed numerous side effects, including anxiety, drugged feelings, pains here and there, and worse. So you quit.
Then, too late, you realize the horrible price you will have to pay for having taken sleep medicines. You will experience weeks of unpleasant withdrawals, and months of severe insomnia, anxiety, and other nasty symptoms. Your sleep will not return to normal for many months. Month after month of hellish insomnia and sleep deprivation.
Recover from extended usage of sleep medications can take over a year.
PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T TAKE ANY SLEEP MEDICATIONS! Find a doctor that can help you resolve your sleep problems. Avoid like the plague ANY doctor that wants to give you sleeping pills!
Look at the Ambien Withdrawal and Headaches message thread to see the hell ambien makes of peoples lives, and how utterly miserable they are when they quit taking it. You can find that thread right here on topix: http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/ambien/T8MMMF
Look here for an excellent article on how damaging these drugs really are: http://www.pointofreturn.org/health_connectio
People, ambien is a drug from *HELL*!. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT!!!!