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What is Sonata?

Sonata (zaleplon) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic.

It is used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Sonata was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1999.

It is considered a non-benzodiazepine prescription medication.

Patients are typically prescribed between 5mg and 20mg doses and are taken right before going to bed. 4% of adults over the age of 20 have used sleep aids.

Consumer Reports medications like Sonata are considered highly addictive.

A Sonata sleeping pill is not any safer or more effective than older medications.

Dangers of Using Sonata Sleeping Pills

Taking hypnotics to sleep can be helpful if you are suffering from insomnia.

However, as a long-term solution, it puts you at high risk for developing an addiction.

This risk is particularly high for people who use a Sonata sleeping pill every night.

There are several people who have suffered from severe allergic reactions, facial swelling, and memory loss.

The goal is to use the medication with the fewest adverse effects at the lowest dose and for the shortest period that can be clinically effective.

Sonata should not be taken for any longer than 10 days.

Effects and Abuse of Sonata Sleep Aid

There are many reported side effects from using Sonata sleeping pills. You may experience periods of dizziness, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, prolonged drowsiness, allergic reactions, memory problems, and sleepwalking. It is one of the fastest-acting sleeping pills available by prescription. Nevertheless, that long that you use this medical intervention the higher risk you are at suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Sonata abusers report feelings of mild euphoria, bouts of hallucinations, and blackouts. Many reports intermittent memory loss from use. The unique sedative effects cause the brain to engage in bizarre behaviors. You can be partially asleep and begin doing daily activities. Many have reported sleep-driving, and even having intercourse while taking Sonata pills. The scary part is that the users are completely unaware of these behaviors. Sonata sleeping pills increase the risk of these unconscious behaviors. Side effects from abuse can include, mental confusion, nausea and vomiting, amnesia, numbness and tingling, hallucinations, coordination issues, aggression, gut pains, tremors, and mood swings.

Sonata Sleeping Pill Addiction

One of the classic tell-tale signs that you or a loved one is suffering from a Sonata sleeping pill addiction is when tolerance is developed as well as withdrawal. Rebound insomnia is a sign of chemical dependency. Long-term use of Sonata sleeping pills can cause you to be unable to fall asleep even when taking Sonata. There are other signs that can indicate a substance use disorder from Sonata sleeping pills. You may find yourself rationalizing your use. You may have repetitively tried to taper your dosage or go cold turkey and are unable to deal with the negative symptoms from withdrawal. Neglecting your major responsibilities at work, home or school are obvious signs that your use is beyond your control

Mental Illness and Sonata

Sleep and rest are not just vital to human life, but they are essential in carrying out everyday tasks efficiently. Even when Sonata is used as prescribed, it can have serious side effects and the potential to cause permanent damage. When you abuse Sonata, you run the risk of causing permanent damage to vital brain functions, such as your memory. Hypnotics are associated with an increased risk of suicide.


Withdrawal from hypnotics will produce worsening your insomnia and heighten your anxiety. There is hope for you if your suffering from a Sonata sleeping pill addiction. Once the body becomes dependent on Sonata, you will experience severe withdrawal symptoms when you begin to taper or stop taking the drug. The length of time and duration of withdrawal is highly dependent on the length of time and type of pill you have taken. Today there are many forms of treatment that are beneficial to help you find the sleep you need without the need for sleeping aids.

Inpatient Treatment

Breaking free from Sonata sleeping pills can be difficult if you have used them for longer than the recommended time. After long-term use, your body will need to relearn how to go to sleep. Poor sleep quality is associated with numerous mental health concerns and poorer overall physical health. When you acknowledge that there is a problem with your continued use of Sonata sleeping pills the most important thing is to seek out medical help. Going through withdrawal from Sonata sleep aids can create rebound insomnia. During inpatient detox, you can be slowly weaned from Sonata sleeping pills.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you have been relying on Sonata sleeping aids to fall asleep for longer than the recommended period, your most significant risk after detox is a return to sleeping pills. An important part of your care after the initial detox is to learn how to sleep without sonata. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you break that mental dependence. It is possible to get the rest you need without Sonata’s sleep aid. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia. It improves sleep in 75-80% of insomnia patients and reduces or eliminates sleeping pill use in 90% of patients.

Payment Information

Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

How to Get Help

Are you ready to break free from Sonata sleep aids?

Resurgence Behavioral Health has years of experience in helping people overcome addiction.

Do not put yourself and loved ones at risk any longer.

Resurgence Behavioral Health recognizes the negative impact that Sonata sleeping pills can create.

Call us at (855) 458-0050 to schedule your consultation.