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Re: Delayed Sleep Phase

Posted by Pat on March 6, 1999, at 8:48:24

In reply to Re: Delayed Sleep Phase, posted by shelley on March 2, 1999, at 19:16:44

> > Using my light box (10,000 lux) for thirty minutes the first thing in the morning seems to help reset my circadian rhythm. This is mentioned in the Oct. '98 issue of the "Archives of General Psychiatry." It suppresses melatonin production.
> >
> > Checxk with your doc first, especially if there is any mood instability or Bipolar.
> Thanks Chris!! That's what my doc wants to do, but says it won't help until I am completely detoxed from the sleep meds I got attached to by my former doc. It takes time. I wondered if the light box idea really worked. Thanks again, Shell

Shelly - I was on triavil for sleep problems for about six years. When the doctor wanted me to go off it, I had terrible insomnia like I had never had before - even before all meds. He put me on ativan just to get over withdrawal from triavil and while we tried to find an ad that would work for my sleep problems. We never did find an ad I could tolerate, and I got sick of trying. So for the last week, I stopped taking all meds, including ativan. Of couse, now I can't sleep at all. Is that what you're experiencing? Is this terrible insomnia the result of going off antianxiety drugs for sleep? Do you know how long it will last, if that is what it is? My brain just won't shut off, no matter how drowsy I am. I'm not even thinking about problems, etc. Just laying there aware and empty.




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