... simply put, as in my case, I sleep for example, one, two nights fairly soundly, then, like clock work, the third night is in and out of some kind of sleep, if I can call it that. My evening med at one time was seroquel, 300mg which worked fairly fine/well in conjunction with, well at one time it was lexapro, now its cymbalta. I often wonder, why two say three nights of sleep, fairly desecent, not totally in a comatose type of sleep, but enoughy to make me happy, and then poof! I asked my dr. and he really, like me, couldn't come up with an answer. The pattern is what I don't understand. When the "combo" was Seroquel and lexapro, I slept very deeply. The seroquel, after some 3 years of being on it, was dropped because of the cost factor. Cymbalta costs are almost nil. (I use mirtazapine, cheaper). So my night combo now is Cymbalta and Mirtazapine. A "good" (smile) nights sleep is say... oh about four to five hours. Trully not much more than that, there are times, every once in awhile, maybe six. But not very often. Thanks for your ear and wishing everyone well. Goodbye for now then
Insomnia - And hello everyone. My question is about sleep pattern(s)?
Added 5 Oct 2011:
Hi to all. A bit of an update, in regards to the insomnia. The cymbalta has been relpaced by Paxil. The mirtazapine has been inctresed to 135mg. Still, having a pattern where, I do well, for a few nights and then, aqlmost nothing in the way of sleep, say the third or fourth night. And while sleeping, its most usually always one where I wake up, and then, inevitably wait, to nod of again. So, the medication, as has so many in my past, works, but not according to the results that I would like. best to all.pledge
oh boy can i identify i have been on all your medications, plus Ambien, lunesta, Dalmane. i was also on a lot of other drugs also norco, xanax, valium, fentnal. my sleep consisted of if i was lucky two hours a night literally for about 11 years, my body was just used to it, i never napped nothing. if i got more then two hours i wouldn't know what to do with myself. well recently i went to a new pain management doctor, for the four back surgeries and chronic pain i have. i didn't mention how bad the insomnia was just that i had it. well these are the new meds im on methadone, valium, xanax, Dalmane, beta blocker, norco. and guess what the combination of the methadone valium and Dalmane i now get up to 4 1/2 hours of sleep a night. its a dream come true. thanks for sharing your story, maybe you got something out of mine feel free to email anytime. amber
Hello BRRMARS, thank you. I enjoyed reading your answer. Yup, we are alike in some ways. I am very happy for you.! Its like you've gone to heaven so to speak isn't it? :-0) Good for you. Ha! Last night, I managed just under three hours. So, a bit lathargic, waiting for my morning coffee to kick in. Then, I'm good to go. I am addicted to my coffee. And I love and without it, I could not really be of any good to myself and the world.I see that you are now on dalmane and xanax. I was on both, years ago. (I'm not a pup anymore) My first question which I asked when I joined this site was in depression group. If you like, check it, BRRMARS, you'll get an insight into my life. I clicked on your bio, you know, your avatar. You've been through a lot. Wow.Its amazing to me, really, how you yourself have hung in there so to speak. My ... tip my hat to you. Yes indeed.
I'll say this and let you go, ( I can go on and on), after an ect treatment, others who would have received thiers, would go straight to thier rooms and often sleep most of the day. I would be back on the ward, and eagerly have my breakfast ( They would save the breafasts for those receiving shock that morning). So, even there, no sleep. It would puzzle my then dr. who was giving me the treatments. Yup. Well, thanks again, its time for my breakfast. Frenchtoast and... you guessed it, coffee! Goodbye for now then,
I take Trazodone 100mg at bedtime. I usually sleep through the night except if I use the washroom or my husband wakes me because I'm snoring. Sounds like your sleeping clock is way off. Try to go to bed at the same time everynight and get up at the same time in the morning. Your body will learn to adjust to a new habit. It works for me. Hope this helps Pledge. Take care. smileyhappy.
this isn't meant to complain, I did get hurt in January and then a nasty fall after Ice and snow storm, I went through horrible pain during that time and probably averaged 2 hours of sleep per night, but I an one who averages 2-3 hours nightly, I take no medications at this time to sleep, I tried a few prior to all of this but I would routinely wake up and have either a horrible headache, nasty taste in my mouth, or just couldn't get focused. it's gone on so long until I tolerate it, the 2-3 hours I sleep it is deep, but once I am awake it's time to get going, always has been that way. I hope that they find a way to help both of you,take good care.
Hi Pledge and Caringson,
Maybe Trazodone will work for both of you. For me Trazodone helps me fall asleep, if I wake up in the night (bathroom or kids) I can fall asleep pretty quickly and my favorite not drowsy in the morning when I get up at 6:30am. I remember what's it's like not to sleep this is wonderful. Take care.
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