Do nonbenzodiazepines z drugs like Ambien and lunesta (eszopiclone) disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes. Actually, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) are benzodiazepines they have more specific activity for selective receptors directed at sedation, and have a short half life or time in your system, but they affect sleep architecture just like other benzodiazepines or alcohol, just in a milder manner.

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Do nonbenzodiazepine z drugs like lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes-with chronic use. Good question. The "z drugs" disrupt sleep less than benzodiazepines but there is evidence that there is some disruption with chronic use that becomes a big problem when people try to stop taking these drugs. See http://www.Mylwi.Com/ehealth-newsletter/why-you-shouldnt-confuse-ambien-use-with-sleep/ & http://weeksmd.Com/2013/04/sleeping-pills-and-death/ & http://bit.Ly/17uogmu for details. Read more...
Yes. There are side effects with all sleep medications, including above. There are also issues with memory loss and sleep walking and sweating and more. Melatonin is otc and probably safer, best to check with a certified sleep doc. It is exciting that the smart phones will be able to monitor sleep much better in the future. Then you will get an answer. Meanwhile, an ambulatory sleep monitor will do. Read more...

Ambien and lunesta (eszopiclone) can't help me sleep anymore, what other medicine can I get my doctor to prescribe?

Insomnia. Insomnia can be frustrating. But medications are only part of the treatment. Good sleep hygiene is key. Try to avoid electronics, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, vigorous exercise, bright lights, ; large meals prior to bedtime. Regularize your sleep ; wake up times. Understanding why you have insomnia can be effective in treating it. A sleep medicine specialist can help with figuring that out. Read more...

Which is best for sleep Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Which ever one works. Best for you. Both can be effective and both have side effects. Medications effect each person differently. Read more...
Both effective. Some pts complain of a metallic taste with lunesta@//taking it with juice gets rid of it. Read more...
Ambien (zolpidem) stronger. In my experience Ambien (zolpidem) is more potent and may have more side effects. I don't recommend making a habit of taking either one on a regular basis. Read more...

Which is better for sleep and starting sleep Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Try other means 1st. The best sleep is natural sleep. If you're having trouble sleeping, try simple changes: don't go to bed if you're not sleepy, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and don't exercise late in the day. Stay off your computer or phone late in the evening; bright screens can interfere with natural sleep cycles. Try meds only under a doctor's care and for occasional, not daily use. Good luck! Read more...

Best med to switch to from ambien that helps with sleep onset problems? Lunesta (eszopiclone) nor trazodone work.

Belsomra. This is a new medication that shows some promising results. It works directly in the "sleep center" and makes falling asleep easier. It is available by prescription only and you should talk to your doctor about it. Read more...

Lunesta (eszopiclone) didn't put me to sleep but made me sleepy all the next day. Keep trying or change back to ambien?

Have you worked on. Your sleep hygiene as well? 1.Keep regular bed ; waking time (even weekends). Rise same time each day, regardless of time you fell asleep. 2. Develop relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath/shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Bedroom is only for sleep ; sex. No work materials, computers, ; tv in room. 5. >. Read more...
Sleep Medications. I understand your concern. About sleep. Chronic pain and obesity can affect the sleep. It is likely that you have developed tolerance to sleep medications. Without the sleeping pill, you might find it difficult to sleep. That could be a sign of a physical or emotional dependence or both. Please see your physician for diagnosis and treatment of your condition including relaxation, visual imagery. Read more...
Perhaps Sonata (zaleplon) Good sleep hygiene is, in my opinion, essential. These links may be helpful: http://www.Creativebalance.Com/sleep.Html and http://www.Stanford.Edu/~dement/howto.Html. It has also been my experience that Lunesta just doesn't work as well for for many people as Ambien or sonata (zaleplon). If you have been using good sleep hygiene and Ambien was causing some kind of problem, ask your dr. About sonata (zaleplon). Read more...

I've tried otc sleep aids and 6mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and 20mg of ambien. What other sleep medications are available I could try?

NONE. Get a sleep study to rule out OSA. Consider exercise, meditation, prayer, progressive relaxation and keep a sleep journal. Consult a clinical psychologist and consider hypnotherapy. Read " The Relaxation Response" by Herbert Benson,M.D.. Get off all sleeping medicines. Read more...