Firstly i want to say thank you for the interest and actually care and interest that this nasty benzo route can have on you as an individual ( dont really want to branch out further then that ). BUt thank you for giving a F###. The thing is i have been on benzos my whole life, roughly the last 10-12 yrs so i have a good understanding of them and what they do and the dependency they can cause and even at times cause more harm then good (please don't quote me on this as every person is different). Anyhow so i have been use to benzos my whole life basicly, mostly using them on a daily baisis and during the day for severe anxiety and mood swings ( also take note other meds are also in the mix ). But benzos was never really used for sleep. Dopaquel/Seroquel was usely used for me as a sleep aid but that stuff can mess you up and make you duh ( or at least for me the next). So after speaking to my Shrink I suggested benzos for sleep as Z-drugs also stopped working or keeping me a sleep.Hey there OP! Sorry to hear that you're wrapped up in the Benzodiazepine game right now. While Benzodiazepine therapy typically begins with good intentions and great efficacy, however, the tale typically features a less-than-happy ending.
If you want my honest opinion here it is. You shouldn't have been on Benzodiazepines for longer than the few weeks or so mandated by the medical community at large. It's not your fault, but it is well-known and nearly expected for addiction and dependence do occur following chronic administration of Benzodiazepines. The fact that your Temazepam (Restoril) is no longer working is a sign that it is time to address the role of Benzodiazepines in your life. Your dependence/tolerance will certainly not decrease on its own.
Increasing the dose is absolutely not the answer. By increasing the dose, you will be further increasing your tolerance and will reach a point where the newly increased dosage is no longer effective and you will be repeating this very same process. Please, and I say this as someone who actually gives a fuck, absolutely, positively do not be experimenting with a higher dosage. I understand how appealing this practice may seem when you're lying awake, unable to sleep, but in the long-run, you will feel better.
So guess with that said after years off being on and off this and that, this is what im exp with now with the supervision of a medical practitioner. End goal is to drop daily benzo dose and finding the minimum dose of other meds for sleep.
Im also experimenting with Medicinal Cannabis strains high in cbd for insomnia but they are just hard to find or quality is not always guaranteed at the moment. But im sure as the Cannabis scene grows here by us and more is available on the medicinal front, i will have better and more healthier options my way.
On a side note: Last night i took nothing like i said for sleep as i had a very active and busy day till late at night thinking that this would be the perfect time to see what a very busy/active day will do for my sleep pattern and overall so i went to bed at 10ish and slept but not in a comfortable manner. More of a tossing and turning sleep so to speak as mentioned earlier.