Unfortunately, Zolpidem is a controlled substance and has addictive properties. And based on the number of people that scream and shout when they're out of refills, I have no doubt that it is addictive. I have one female patient taking 20mg of Zolpidem (prescribed by HER doctor), and I suspect she's taking 10mg of HER HUSBAND's Zolpidem prescription and HER DOG's Tramadol, every single night. I've never seen someone go so panicky when one of the family is out of their medication.
Here's some recent articles which you may find interesting. Some of them obviously have the "duh, right" factor, but you'd be surprised how many people don't know the basics.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends these healthy sleep habits to help you wake up rested each morning:
* Establish a regular bedtime and wake-time schedule and follow it every day, even on weekends.
* Create a consistent and relaxing bedtime routine, and make sure your bedroom is comfortable, dark and quiet.
* Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows.
* Don’t eat within two to three hours of bedtime, and avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco before going to sleep.
* Exercise regularly, but try to schedule your workout well before bedtime.
You have a wake-up alarm. How about a go-to-sleep alarm? LINK: The secret to getting enough sleep
The key is to realize that if you really can't pull yourself out of bed at the time you intend to get up, you're probably not getting enough sleep. So you sleep in -- but not in a way that's helpful (snooze button sleep is pretty much useless). If you want to get up at a certain time, then getting adequate sleep means you need to stretch your sleep back earlier in the night. That means going to bed on time. And that means setting a bedtime alarm.
Finally, check out the infographic Sleep or Die for other important stuff you may not have known about sleep.