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    Hopeful Henny
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    I’ve struggled with insomnia for the last 9 years and have been prescribed Ambien for the last 6 years. Even though I was prescribed 10 mg, I typically only took 5 mg. After a series of stressful events over the last 6 weeks, even 10 mg of Ambien was not working. I’ve been taking 5 mg of Ambien at bedtime but waking up only a few short hours after falling asleep. I’ve been getting so worked up about not the night wakings, that I’d take another 5 mg to help me get back to sleep.

    In the morning, I literally feel like the walking dead.

    The stress and anxiety over this have taken over my life to the point that I’ve almost had panic attacks. I have been taking xanax to ward anxiety during the day. This roller coaster is making crazy!

    Typically, I am a very happy, enthusiastic, go-getter, full of creativity and joy. The last 6 weeks have made me doubt myself and my ability to confidently do much of anything.

    I found Insomnia Coach by listening to a podcast. After listening to an episode, I made a decision to go back down to 5 mg of Ambien and if/when I woke up to either get up or try focusing my attention on the back corner of my mind. So before going to bed, I had a plan. I needed a plan, because my brain was trying to solve the problem and make decisions in the middle of the night (which was NOT helpful).

    I am sooooooo happy to report that when I woke up, I knew exactly what to do. I focused on the comforting darkness in my mind and went back to sleep!

    I realize I still have some work to do, but my confidence is already building.

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