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Lunesta Saved My Mental Health

A Note On Finally Getting Sleep

By Amanda WashburnPublished about a year ago 3 min read

Insomnia is a very common medical condition. People like me, who suffer from insomnia, have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. For me, it comes down to a fear of the metaphorical darkness of bedtime. I fear falling into the depths of my emotions. This fear comes from experience.

For as long as I can remember, sleep has eluded me. With only a couple hours of sleep a night, my days were truly getting to be a real struggle. Mostly, I was very irritable and had trouble concentrating. I’ve been in and out of therapy since I was first diagnosed with depression at the young age of 5.

My uncle, whom I was very close to, lived with my grandma and me at the time. He left for college and I fell apart. Even as a young child, I was quite sensitive. Things have always seemed to shake me more than they do other people.

Maybe this is why I fear the night so badly. When I go to bed, thoughts swirl through my head. Emotions swell up inside me. It is the one place where there is no hiding from my realities. I can put all my trials out of my mind until it comes to bedtime. That is when it all gets the best of me.

Still, sleep is necessary. I hoped beyond all hope that I could find a resolution. I didn't want to fear the mental darkness of bedtime anymore. The road without sleep has been long.

I’ve tried so many medications that I can’t even remember them all. Everything seemed to be just covering up an underlying issue. As it turns out, that underlying issue was sleep. I simply needed sleep.

When my doctor first put me on Lunesta, I was a bit scared. I had never been on this class of medication before and was worried about the side effects. Most of us have heard the horror stories of people sleepwalking while on these kinds of meds. These stories swirled through my mind but, I needed sleep.

So, I took the plunge and tried Lunesta. I started out on 1mg. The first night I took it, I fell asleep within 20 minutes. However, I still woke up several time throughout the night. I explained to my doctor that it felt as if I were taking 2 or 3 solid naps, rather than a full night’s sleep.

I felt better rested but, it still wasn’t the result I was hoping for. My doctor increased the dosage to 2mg and that seemed to do the trick. Now, I fall asleep within 20 minutes of taking Lunesta and stay asleep for 7 to 8 hours.

When I wake up, I feel extremely well-rested and ready to face the day. It is important to note that, if I do not get at least 7 hours of sleep, I wake up with a headache. The only way I have found to resolve this is to go back to bed. So, if you start taking Lunesta, make sure you have time to get a full night’s sleep.

I find myself in a much better mood throughout the day now. My productivity has sharply increased as well. Taking Lunesta opened the door for my doctor to treat other issues, too. Once we were able to figure out my sleep problem, we were able to narrow down other issues I was facing, like my inability to concentrate.

The only negative side effect I have been experiencing is some mild constipation. A couple of cups of coffee seems to resolve this so, it's not worth finding another medication over. All in all, I feel taking Lunesta for sleep has bettered my life all around.

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Amanda Washburn

Freelance writer and single mom. Lives in Montana with one son, two cats, and one dog. Writes everything from poetry to listicles.

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