This isn’t a thread about medical advice but asking of the different side effects. I’ve been prescribed by a psychiatrists both for sleep. The antipsychotics were (aripriprazole - Abilify, risperidal - Risperidone) and the benzos were (alprazolam - Xanax and diazepam - Valium).
I can safely say that the benzos were by far superior for sleep. The antipsychotics are less effective but that aside, my sleep was not uninterrupted like with benzos. It wasn’t a peaceful sleep at all, I felt a druggy-like sleep (I know they’re all drugs) and still very tired and lethargic from antipsychotics. Even the most potent one, quetiapine - Seroquel is effective for being uninterrupted but still leaves you very groggy.
Benzos enable me to sleep like a baby without feeling tired during the day and unsurprisingly, are very very calming. Of course my doctor doesn’t prescribe thedue to the addiction risk and withdrawal symptoms. I’m also actually suffering insomnia from past benzos abuse and I know they’re not meant to be used at a high dose long term.
So back to my question, is there anything in the pharmacology that explains why benzos offer a much more pleasant sensation of sleep?