on meds for bipolar and not even seroquel will make me sleep
25 Oct 2012
HI, you might want to talk to your psychiatrist or doctor about adding another medication. I take Seroquel but it isn't enough to let me sleep soundly, so i also take Amitriptyline. Amitriptyline is primarily an antidepressant but it is also used to aid sleep and relieve pain. Taken together my sleep is much improved. It's far from perfect but using the combination of medications has helped a lot.
7 Sep 2013
I have been on seroquel for a number of years. and sometime it feels like I have two separate lives one when I'm awake and one when I'm a sleeping, sometimes the dreams are really weird always the same it feels so real life. my cpn says that seroquel causes the dreams. I have been on zopiclone for over a year, so I don't have sleepless nights anymore. but doesn't stop the dreams
25 Oct 2012
The mind is supposed to dream during sleep. The REM cycle is when we dream and studies show that people who do not go into REM sleep will not feel well or think well or funtion well. It is how our brains process and file information. Your brain gets hit with a lot of info throughout a day and most of it you may not even consciously be aware of but your brain still processes it and dreams are a large part of this processing. If you are having bad dreams as part of post traumatic stress disorder, then "talk therapy" is essential for you. This will help your brain to process more in the conscious state so it quits trying to do so much during the unconscious/dreaming state. Writing down dreams can help too. It is all part of processing and filing that information and "dealing" with information and how that information makes you feel. When you work through it in your conscious state, you wont dream about it so much, or at all.
Amitriptyline really does help one to sleep but it does have a side effect of bad dry mouth. You do need to be under the care of both, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist for CBT or talk therapy. The psychiatrist will prescribe your meds and the psychologist will help you learn better coping mechanisms and learning to deal with the thoughts and emotions causing the bad dreams.
I learned a long time ago that it is possible to tell yourself to wake up during dreams. When I have nightmares, I am now able to tell myself "This is a dream, wake up now!" and I can bring myself out of a dream. I'm very claustrophobic and many of my nightmares consist of being shut into very small spaces. If this happens in a dream I tell myself to wake up. Sometimes it does give me a bit of a headache and sometimes I have to sit up for a little while before I can go back to sleep so I avoid going right back into the dream. I have also found that it is best to think only positive thought before going to sleep. I have always struggled with insomnia. My mother told me that even when I was a baby, I woke 4-5 times a night wanting a bottle or comfort to go back to sleep. When I was older and didnt take a bottle any longer, my mom would come in and pat my behind or rub my back gently to get me back to sleep. Once I was too old for my mother to do this, I learned to make up little happy stories in my head unitl I drifted off. So rather than dwell on the days unpleasant thoughts over and over, I think up little stories for myself. I know it probably sounds strange but it works better for me than anything. You have to find out what works for you. I used to take amitriptyline and it did help but I hated the dry mouth all the time so when I got pregnant with my oldest son I went off that and never went back to it. Hydroxyzine (or Vistaril) helps for sleep and it is not a controlled drug so it isnt as addictive as drugs like Dalmane, Restoril and other benzodiazepines. Talk to a psychiatrist about the appropriate medications for you but remember that medications are only a tool. If there is a chemical imbalance, meds will help this, but mental disorders also involve behavior (which is why they are sometimes named behavior disorders) and to change behavior one must develop better coping mechanisms. If we learn to cope, we can learn to manage the illness so dont discount the importance of therapy in addition to medications. In many cases therapy is even more important than medications.
25 Oct 2012
Hi rapture. The only thing I know of that will put you to sleep without dreaming is anesthesia. I assume you are having nightmares?.Hopefully you are in therapy and these dreams will pass. I must say that dreaming is a part of normal sleep. Have you been diagnosed by a Psychiatrist?If you are having nightmares,this is often caused by PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder),and CAN be treated. But often we need to talk about things too.In fact, talking about our problems helps the most in many areas of mental illness. So, if you are not seeing a Psych, I strongly urge you to do so.Yes, None of us WANT to do that, but once you find the right Pdoc AND the right meds to address your disorder, what ever that may be,you'll be rewarded with peaceful sleep,and a better life,which most certainly makes a better you!! tejas129
25 Oct 2012
You may have schizophrenia and probably no seditives will give you the sleep you want. Sodium oxybate may work though. Also a major tranqulizer such as Risperdal may help as well. Some peoples brains are just wired like that. I've experienced that before and I was full of energy and up for 4 days... no drugs.
25 Oct 2012
Dreams are a natural part of the mind learning at night. There is no way to stop them.
Sometimes dreams can actually help when we write them down. Even scary ones. They tell,us about what we think about in symbols. They are not hallucinations and they are not harmful, even when we wakeup scared. They are a real part of us.
I don't know what it is like to deal with schizophrenia. I do know that your psychiatrist is very important. Have you talked about this? Wishing you peace and quiet dreams, karen
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