I have been taking Ambien on a nightly basis for about a year, and haven't had any problems. Because I hate to lay in bed awake, I do take it about 30 minutes before I hit the sack. The only problem with that is that I often don't remember actually washing my face and brushing my teeth (which is the last thing I do before I crawl in bed), when I know I have. My PC doctor, whom I've used for many years and I trust, doesn't see any problem with my taking it. Now, before I was diagnosed with OSA, I didn't recognize my acute "laziness" with sleep deprivation because with the Ambien I was sleeping 8-10 hours a night, and never wanted to get out of bed. Now with CPAP, I wake up after 7-8 hours, and I'm good to go.
Respironics Remstar Auto A-flex with System One Humidifier, Pressure 13
Opus Nasal Pillows Mask
Severe Sleep Apnea, AHI 102.8, Untreated O2 Sat. 78%
Wetumpka, AL (About 10 Miles North of Montgomery)