What To Know BEFORE Taking Sleep Aids (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata)


If you suffer from insomnia, it's possible your physician may prescribe one of several possible drugs to help you sleep. You may receive a prescription for a common sleep aid like Ambien, but did you know that antidepressants and some antihistamines can also help you sleep?

If you're curious about the different kinds of available drugs to treat insomnia, or would like more information about an insomnia prescription you received, join sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus as he outlines the pros and cons of each class of drug.

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0:00 Medications for Insomnia
1:03 Benzodiazepines
10:40 Antidepressants
16:19 Antihistamines
17:13 Melatonin
19:00 Valerian
19:35 The #1 Sleep Aid in the World
20:20 A Pharmacological Approach

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. Excellent overview. You should do a video on both over-the-counter meds that can cause drowsiness or sleep and other meds prescribed off-label that helps cause sleep.

  2. Thanks for this information. I’ve read that a new medication, Quviviq, doesn’t have the same risk of dependency. Can you do an extended video on the effectiveness of virtual CBT-I therapies and apps like Sleep Reset. Thanks!

  3. Ambien cost me my first marriage. My ex-wife was taking Ambien. She started taking risks with money and then put us into $100,000 in debt. I lost a family farm. She left me for a co-worker. Good riddance. He can have her.

  4. Doctor you are the best. I like your videos. Well explained scientifically and in a way that people can understand. Thank for your passion to help others.

  5. All are addictive and none directly control sleep They just help with anxiety Avoid is my advice and I am a insomniac – going on 2 years now

  6. I could sing a long song about the nights when the wolf is at the door. I’ve tried trazadone, Ambien (zolpidem), melatonin, hydroxyzine, Benadryl, meditation, tossing and turning, bouts of boozing, and tears, copious tears. That’s a song that lasted for years. Nowadays I will still occasionally take a small dose of zolpidem, hydroxyzine, or melatonin, but often now I sleep old school with no pharma assistance. Maybe it’s because I have gotten better keeping my daytime life and worries out of my bedtime. (Side note: trazadone messed with my head. Just taking it nightly made me moody and introverted during the day, but YMMV.)

  7. Thank you for covering Trazodone! I’ve battled anxiety & insomnia for years. Even after getting my anxiety addressed, insomnia was a struggle. Trazodone works for me. ❤

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