I was on 300 mgs of Trazodone for sleep for 5 years, over the course of a year, I weaned myself down to quite a low dose (67 mgs), but couldn't stop them due to hyperactivity that would set in each time I lowered my dose past a certain level. I finally convinced a doc to switch me to another sleep med, Ambien (10 mgs), and I was on that for 6 months and my new doc helped me step that down until I was able to jump off. These meds can actually change the way the brain works, so coming off of them can be tricky - it surely was for me!!
I am in no way criticizing you, or anyone else who needs to use them. I was one of those that needed them or no sleep at all for me! But once you've been on them for a while - and it's different for each person - sometimes they start making it hard to sleep, and keep you feelings sleepy all the time, as if you aren't getting enough sleep. What you aren't getting is good quality sleep though due to the meds. - well, maybe not you, I don't mean that personally, only in general.
Since being diagnosed with Addison's, the doc made me very, very well aware of how important it is for me to have good sleep - as if I didn't learn that from dealing with Lyme.
Like I said, I had to come off of them to realize this, and I know that it's not the case for everyone, but it's possible if you have been using them for several months or more. It may only mean a change in meds is necessary, or it may mean that you need to come off of them.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12 - no active symptoms
Healed from tick-borne infections, now healing from the damage they left behind.www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
Back in treatment for new Lyme case 8/2014