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Re: Bipolar and constipation p.s. Jay2112

Posted by SLS on January 2, 2023, at 20:13:37

In reply to Re: Bipolar and constipation p.s. undopaminergic, posted by Jay2112 on January 2, 2023, at 16:32:09

For four decades, the only drug that I could rely on consistently to improve mental energy and allow me to read more than 2-3 sentences word-for-word had been a small amount of caffeinated coffee. I don't know if a substance other than caffeine contributed to the benefit I received from coffee, but it did more for me than any of the psychostimulants I tried, including pemoline. Interestingly, caffeine pills were not as helpful as coffee, even when I took a fraction of a pill. I think the pills contained 100 mg/day. Does that sound right? I had to meter my intake of coffee carefully. Just a small amount - 1/4 a cup - worked wonders. Anything over that left me in a state of fatigue and brain-fog that would last all day.

While it's on my mind, When I was in my early twenties, I noticed that the worst day of the week for me was Sunday. This happened most often following after I stayed out late Saturday night. I didn't wake up Sunday morning until well after my usual wake up time during the rest of the week. It finally occurred to me that this Sunday worsening might be a result of a disturbance in my circadian rhythm. I decided to try an experiment. One night, I came home around 2:00 am. Instead of allowing myself to sleep until 10-11 am, I set my alarm for 6:30 am - the time I awoke every other morning during the week. I simply got out of bed at 6:30, although groggier than usual. I forced myself to get out of bed, turned the lights on, and allowed myself to reach a state of full wakefulness before returning to bed. I remained awake for no longer than 5 minutes before returning to bed. I could then wake up at noon and not experience my usual Sunday slump. It worked every time.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.




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