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Re: Delayed Sleep Phase

Posted by shelley on February 28, 1999, at 18:41:38

In reply to Re: Delayed Sleep Phase, posted by Sean on February 25, 1999, at 18:58:30

> > > Hi Shell...go here
> > > Springs/1123/dsps.html
> > > Lots of info....bye now Phil
> >
> > Phil, thanks for the link; interesting site.
> >
> > Sounds sort of like the reverse of my problem (well, one of my problems, anyway): I can get to sleep if I try to (pretty good at relaxing if I can focus on it), but I can only stay asleep for a little while (an hour or two without hypnotics - Ambien buys me another couple hours). Seems to me that DSPS should be treatable with short-term hypnotics + behavior therapy.
> Over the years I have noticed that my sleep phase
> advances out of sync with the rest of the world,
> and to a large degree, predicts my mood states.
> Each night I fall asleep at a later time, so at some
> point, my brain thinks it is the middle of the
> night and yet I am awake (kind of). My experience
> with AD's is that they initially work to re-set
> my clock and I wake up early. If I take them too
> long, I eventually wake up after about two hours
> of sleep in a hypomanic state. While this is great
> fun compared to depression, I don't get anything
> productive done due to scattered thinking and I
> have to stop. The longest I seem to be able to
> have a stable sleep/mood pattern is about 4 days.
> The cycle takes about 5 weeks to revolve and I go
> from great joy to suicidal thoughts during this
> time. It sucks, and yet it is all I know. Sleep
> is a key player in all of this somehow. I wish I
> was a person who could sleep 8 hours a night and
> wake up refreshed, energetic, and have balanced
> moods.
> Can anybody relate? Any sugggestions?

Thanks Sean for the personal experiences. I wonder. I have had so much trouble with ADs and wasted so much money on them trying to "reset my clock". I wonder if they really ever help at all, or just set me up for the hypomania/depression cycle, a problem I'm currently not having, tho' I never know when I wil sleep. I will mention this to my dr. when I see her next. It's been six months since I took an AD and seem to have finally stopped cycling to any disruptive degree. Hmm. Thanks, Shell




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