I was just reading your post and saw the question about melotonin being over the counter. Yes, it is here in the USA. I can find a good product with the chain stores (CVS, RiteAid, or whatever your community has to offer). CVS often has products buy one get one free every other week, so that is a good time to buy.
I started w/the 3mg pills since they were the lowest my pharmacy had and I also purchased a 10 mg...that I will likely take back or break in half. While adjusting my ambien, I took the 3 mg and when I got to the 5 mg of ambien, I found I needed 6 mg of the melotonin to reach the desired effect. That is the dose I am taking now and I find it is perfect for me.
I have actually slept very well the last two nights....until about 5:30 AM yesterday and even a little later today....with waking up only once or twice for restroom visits and a quick drink of my next project....Diet soda lol
Anyway, I have honestly found this to be a great success for me. I even started my daughter (who has been having a great deal of difficulty getting to sleep and was VERY upset last night from the teenage school drama we all remember) a half of the 3 mg. She is about 5'4" and 120 lbs with great muscle tone and low body fat. She's only 12, but looks about 16-17 (even without makeup). It was not quite enough to work well for her, so I'm going to try a 3mg for her when she has these sleep issues again. She is quite stressed right now too and I think that is affecting her more than anything. It should be short term use or sporadic for her and I will just add mine to the everyday meds I take.
Monty's Mom, I'd ask my most trusted DR about the medications and their interactions and get approval, but you may find this is a good fit for you...especially if those dreams are making life difficult (as they can for so many).
I have to admit that I feel rested after sleep now, where I never felt rested after an even longer sleep with the prescription sleep meds.
Good luck to any who try it. I am very happy with the results.