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My doctor prescribed me zolpidem (ambien) but I wake up 5 hours later, why?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
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In brief: Short acting

Sleeping meds are only partially effective and people tend to get tolerant to them. It is more important to treat the underlying problem. Good sleep hygiene includes regular sleep/ wake hours, avoiding light several hours before bed, avoiding alcohol, caffeine and rigorous exercise before bed.
Poor sleep is often a symptom of depression and anxiety which should be treated appropriately.

In brief: Short acting

Sleeping meds are only partially effective and people tend to get tolerant to them. It is more important to treat the underlying problem. Good sleep hygiene includes regular sleep/ wake hours, avoiding light several hours before bed, avoiding alcohol, caffeine and rigorous exercise before bed.
Poor sleep is often a symptom of depression and anxiety which should be treated appropriately.
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