Two and a half weeks ago I stopped taking Zimovane (Zopiclone), after having been prescribed it for over eleven years. For the last year or so my GP had increased my dosage to 15mg per night (i.e. double dose). Recently I found that I am still having some difficulty getting off to sleep, and I took the decision to stop taking it. I figured that if I'm going to have insomnia, then I might as well have it drug free rather than not sleeping and still being drugged.
Well initially the rebound insomnia was very severe, but I stopped taking it at the start of half term so that I could "sleep in" if I needed to. Now my sleeping is about as poor as it was when I was taking the double dose, so that's an improvement from the rebound state.
However, what i have noticed is that my mind is so much sharper, my brain feels clearer and I am so much more "on the ball". Not only that but I am feeling so much happier and cheerful, really remarkably so. I have always assumed that I naturally tend towards melancholy, and get easily a bit low and depressed, but I'm beginning to revise that view of myself. Even though hubby and I are going through stressful times as he's unemployed with no sign of a job on the horizon, nevertheless I keep feeling cheerful and upbeat.
Is it possible that the Zimovane was keeping me in a chronically depressed state, and was making it harder for me to think clearly and sharply during the day? If anyone out there is a pharmocology expert, I'd appreciate their views on this. Also, I'm really hoping that my body will re-learn to sleep deeply and richly, so that I'm not always tired. Do you think this will happen naturally if I give it time and patience? I'm careful not to have caffeine or other stimulants past mid-day, and I've begun using a hypnotic trance tape that incorporates some NLP techniques etc., so try and re-learn how to relax and sleep.
Any thoughts on the above gratefully received. I've tried to research Zimovane online, but haven't found the answers to my questions.