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So Hard to Sleep
Diazepam
by ND
Citation:   ND. "So Hard to Sleep: An Experience with Diazepam (exp97526)". Erowid.org. Jul 9, 2019. erowid.org/exp/97526

 
DOSE:
T+ 0:00
5 mg oral Pharms - Diazepam
  T+ 10:00 5 mg oral Pharms - Diazepam
BODY WEIGHT: 175 lb
I was prescribed 10 mg of diazepam before I had my wisdom teeth extracted. I was given a split blue 10 mg pill, and instructions to take half before I slept, and the other half an hour before my dental appointment in the morning.

About 30-45 min before I intended to be asleep, I took my first 5 mg. I was anxious about the extraction, and eager for a good night's sleep. While waiting for the diazepam to take effect, I played Flash games on the computer. I then watched a bit of TV with my mother until I felt drowsy, and went to lie down for the night.

While the diazepam had been prescribed to help me sleep, I found that it did the opposite. I felt extremely drowsy, but every time I neared sleep I would jolt awake.
I felt extremely drowsy, but every time I neared sleep I would jolt awake.
My body felt heavy and unresponsive, which I found anxiety provoking. I felt that I couldn't get up to flee if there was a problem.

I did eventually fall asleep, but it felt like it took longer than normal.

My mother woke me up for my appointment about 7 hours later. I felt groggy. I took the second 5 mg half an hour later. By the time it hit me it was time to take another prescribed sedative (which I don't recall the name of), and I don't remember much after that.

In retrospect, I probably would have had a more peaceful experience if I had let go and stopped fighting sleep. Unless prescribed it again, I would not take diazepam in the future. With experiences I have had since my initial experience I do not think I could relax while feeling sedated, and I would have difficulties with the experience again.

Exp Year: 2010ExpID: 97526
Gender: Female 
Age at time of experience: 17
Published: Jul 9, 2019Views: 2,971
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