Posted by alan on March 24, 1999, at 0:37:54
In reply to Re: getting off atavan, posted by Gene on March 22, 1999, at 22:34:38
> I have been on Atavan for avout 10 years for a sleep disorder. I hardly ever go over 1 mg and never have any problems. I have gone without this medication for about three weeks at a time and then back on it to get my sleep. I think my internal clock is out of sync with normal time. I usually awake at 2:00 AM as if an alarm was ringing. Then it is awake for about three to four hours and then back to sleep for two hours and up for the day. I think it can be addictive if you have that personality. I would prefer to try some natural method instead of drugs to correct this disorder. Any suggestions?
Palm wine is 'natural'. The tappers get it right out of the tree, and it will put you to sleep just as well as beer. Sorry, whenever I hear the word 'natural', it sets me off. Seriously, you might try something called 'progressive relaxation' or meditation and similar non-drug techniques. Some people have developed great skill at these techniques and use to sleep at will.
Experts: Why isn't progressive relaxation used more? I mean the serious, lengthy training that often led to great voluntary cotrol over anxiety for adept patients/students? Did research eventually discredit the claims that were made for it?
But, as I was saying, there are non-drug techniques that most people can learn which aid sleep.