I need to get some sleep. I normally wake up several times a night, but lately have been waking up after only an hour or so of sleep and then waking up several more times. I have to get myself back to sleep each time. My dr put me on Ambien CR and when I take it I fall asleep easily and I sleep great. The problem is that the next morning I cannot wake up. I'll wake up at 8 or 9 and drift back off until 10:30. Then I will still be tired when I wake up. Exhausted kind of tired like I haven't slept in days and have just been hit by a truck and heavily drugged kind of tired. Before the ambien I was taking Benadryl for sleep. It helped, the sleep wasn't as great, but I am able to wake up in the morning. Another problem with ambien is that I have 4 kids and my dh is a heavy sleeper. He could sleep through a bomb going off. So I have to get up when the kids are sick, having nightmares, sleepwalking etc. Well on night 3 of the Ambien my 3 yo got into bed with us and fell out of bed in the middle of the night. We have a king size platform bed that has steps to get into it, so he had about a 4ft fall. I woke up, grabbed him and went back to sleep. Now the scary part, I didn't remember what happened until dh mentioned it the next night. The drug co says 8 hours, but for me I need like 12-15 hours of sleep after taking an ambien. My dr wants me to try regular ambien, is it any less brutal than the CR?? Should I go back to benadryl? I have pretty bad allergies and I am afraid that if I overuse benadryl it won't work as well when I really need it. I just want to sleep. help.