Thanks so much for your responses. It means a lot to me. I'm writing to ask more about rebound insomnia.
Update: It's two weeks later and I have made some progress: Taking about 4mg at bed and about 3 when I wake in the night. This is less than a whole pill, which is improvement for me. I've had good nights (6 hours of sleep) and bad nights. When I tried to taper back to 3 mg at bed, I had a sleepless night. I went back to 4 mg for the past two nights and have gotten 4 hours of questionable Ambien sleep, which feels fake. This morning, however, I seem to have slept naturally from 6AM until 6:30AM, dreams and the whole deal, and that felt great.
I feel afraid to keep tapering because it will likely cause more rebound insomnia. I feel depressed and anxious when I don't sleep.
My question: How does rebound insomnia end? If I am willing to endure some insomnia in order to wean off this drug, is there a light at the end of the tunnel? I feel like some hope or mental coping strategies would be really helpful in getting myself to take the plunge into further weaning.
Note: I never had insomnia until about three months ago. I became stressed with the birth of my baby, the wakeups, the crying, etc. I have been on Ambien for two months.