After reading posts here, I got to thinking that I am sick of how my 5 mgs of ambien isn't doing it for me. First I would take it and couldn't fall asleep for hours...then, after being awake half the night, I could sleep like a baby during the morning hours and into the afternoon. I wanted to stop taking it since it was a low dose and try going with some natural things like melatonin and maybe the fibro sleep. the first night I skipped it i was up all night and the next day felt like sh!t...i was actually going through WITHDRAWAL!!! i had the jitters and chills and the runs...sorry. I stuck with it and haven't taken it in a week....i have also been awake all night for 5 nights. but I am starting to feel sleepy at night so I think it will get better because....drumroll, please......I HAVE BEEN FEELING BETTER ALL OVER! hopefully, i can be more active becasue I feel more motivated to get up and move. i don't understand it and it might be from it being summer but i feel so clear headed and I feel lighter like i can move freely with less stiffness and clumsiness.... i haven't taken any phentermine or adderall during this time....so I am feeling better without pharmacutical help! (snicker...) anyone experience this after quitting ambien or other similiar sleep aid? not just the clear headed feeling but the ease of movement and the feeling of WANTING to get up and put in some laundry vs. being to lazy to get up and go to the bathroom....ya know? this is very strange and I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this?