While Ativan is primarily used for treating anxiety, it can also treat insomnia. That is why Ativan is often the medicine of choice for patients who have insomnia because of their anxieties. As you may already know, Ativan can cause some withdrawal effects when you stop taking it. One of these effects is known as rebound insomnia. Even if you did not have severe insomnia before taking Ativan, you could have troubles sleeping once you stop taking the medicine. The good news is that rebound insomnia is only temporary and you can deal with it.
Why Does Rebound Insomnia Occur?
If you have been prescribed Ativan, it is not to cure your anxiety. Ativan will only help you treat the symptoms of your insomnia. It is up to you to use therapy to find a cure for the cause of your anxiety and insomnia. The cause can be anything from a past trauma to a severe fear to a physical health issue like hypothyroidism. If you donвЂ™t cure this problems while taking Ativan, the anxiety symptoms (and anxiety) will just come back when you stop taking the medicine.
Further, your body can come to rely on Ativan to help you feel calm. Then, when you stop taking the medicine, your body has to readjust itself to being without the medicine again. This can make it seem like your anxiety is even worse so you have troubles falling asleep. If you have dealt with the root of your anxiety, then your body will be able to quickly adjust and your anxiety will soon go away.
Get On a Sleep Schedule
While taking Ativan (especially if you have anxiety-related insomnia), it is especially important that you get on a sleep schedule and learn good sleep habits. When you take Ativan, you will usually take one of your dosages right before going to bed. This helps your body to fall asleep quickly and easily at the same time every night and get enough rest. This sleep schedule is crucial to help you beat insomnia. If you experience rebound insomnia from Ativan, then you must stick to the same sleep schedule вЂ“ even if you cannot sleep!
The first few days after quitting Ativan, you may not be able to get to sleep at your regular time. However, donвЂ™t let this get you out of a sleep schedule. For example, if you cannot sleep the first night, you will probably be very tired during the next day. Instead of taking a midday nap (which can make it harder for you to sleep later), force yourself to stay awake. Since you will be very tired, it will be easier for you to fall asleep at your scheduled time. After just a few days of sticking on this schedule, you will be able to readjust and should be able to fall asleep easily again, even without Ativan to help you out.
Do Not Take More Ativan!
The first few days after quitting Ativan can be very difficult. After feeling anxiety free and sleeping well, your anxiety may seem even worse than it was before treatment. What is important to know is that your body will readjust вЂ“ it just takes a little bit of time. Stick to your anxiety therapy program and sleep schedule and you will be able to readjust even quicker. If you break down and take Ativan to help you sleep, you will just make it harder to completely stop taking the medicine. It can be very difficult but know that it will pass! After a few days of rebound insomnia, you will be able to sleep again and beat your anxiety without Ativan.