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Re: Insonia, sleeplessness

Posted by Mark on May 10, 1999, at 5:45:58

In reply to Re: Insonia, sleeplessness, posted by Lisa on January 22, 1999, at 16:52:24

Insomnia is tough to sleep and can be cause
be a thousand different things (caffeine,
alcohol, drugs, depression, anxiety, hypomania,
medications, medical problems....)--there are a
different ways to approach it:

tricyclic antidepressants
herbal meds (there are at least two, both
of which I am blanking on)
light therapy

> > > > Is this something that I just have to live with? I have had a full and active week, and everything seems to be going well. I do some of the recommended non-pharm sleep tricks. And am unesponsive to sleeping pills anyway, unless at outrageous dosages that keep me pretty well zombie-ized throughout the day. SSRI ADs only aggravate the sleep problem. I'm allergic to the trycyclics. Sleep deprivation is proably my worst enemey. I hear talk of things like Cylert, what is that? I have an appt. soon and would like to arrrive well eduacted to address this issue. Unless I arrive mad from sleep deprivation unnanounced. Please advise. Thanks, Shell
> > > Insomnia does bite the big one. Are you manic
> > > at all? Or is this a worrisome, anxious type of
> > > insomnia?
> > Thanks for asking. The answer is I don't know. I've been on all kinds of meds for mania/depression, and have consulted a few different docs. All agree I am depressed. None can decide whether I am truly BP or not. Sleeplessness seems to be the only consistent symptom of mania as I've never had a non-pharmaceutically induced manic episode. And, yes, I do have anxiety, too.
> Shelley,
> I can totally relate to how you feel. I have been dealing with insomnia for over 2 years.The only time I ever got real sleep was when I was in a coma in the ICU from an overdose.
> I have to agree with you on insomnia being an enemy. It sure as hell doesn't help the depression either.
> Have you ever tried taking Ambien? My doctor put me on it 2 weeks ago and so far I can get around 4 hours of sleep, which by far better than before.
> You might ask your doc about Ambien.




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