I recently jumped back up on Lexapro which caused a severe case of Insomnia. I was taking 50mg of Trazadone, but due to lack of sleep, slowly went up to 150. It helped a little but I can't seem to sleep more than 5 hours and then can't get back to sleep. Thinking of weening my way back down as I don't think the higher dosage is much more effective than the lower dosage and I can't get back to sleep, possibly because I have the Trazadone in me? Just curious if that would be a major impact. thanks!
Most people believe they must get 8 hours of sleep a night. But it actually differs for different people. I can take Ambien, fall asleep and wake up 4 hours later. I just get out of bed and get a cup of coffee and read or go on my computer. If I need a nap later in the day, I take one. A lot also depends on how old you are. The older you get the less sleep you need. Ask me how I know. I'd stop playing hopscotch with your meds. Buy some over the counter sleep med, take it as directed, and see if that helps. Unless there's something going on here you haven't mentioned.
I took Lexapro for years and it never worked in combination with trazodone for me. However this is coming from someone with a severe case of insomnia but I suppose that also gives me 20+ years of knowledge on the subject. If you can't find a good dose of the trazodone, and I would suggest lowering the dose first, I would try Ambien as your next bet. I've been trying to switch off of ambien for around 7 or so years now and haven't been able to find anything that can even come close. What's nice about ambien is 5mg usually knocks most people out. Took me 20 years to get to 15mg and again I'm told time and time again I have one of the worst cases of insomnia my doctors have ever seen. Ambien is made up to be a scary drug to a lot of people but I honestly just see it as abused by people who have a bad night of sleep once in awhile. I've always been told the lack of sleep would hurt you far worse than the proper amount of ambien would!
Peterans; Without knowing what is going on and how long it has been since you increased the dose's of these 2 medications it's hard to help much. But were it me I would be taking the Lexapro as soon as you get up. it can cause some not to be able to sleep as well. But for now keep taking the dose of trazodone for at least a few more weeks, Also try some of the change of routine things that you do at night. Things we don't think about at times such as take your Trazodone a hour or more before you go to bed. And do things like turn off T.V. A BIT before you go to bed so you are working on preparing your mind for sleep try to sleep in a dark room also don't do much for about an hour before you go to bed just kind of relax.Dont' think about what you have to do tomorrow etc. What you are working on is also on top of the medication that well help you get some extra rest your working on tuning down your thinking etc.
and some people enjoy a radio in the background with soothing music low volume. All of this comes down to reprograming yourself to be able to sleep when it's time even one of those sleep mask to keep the light out. Try not to drink anything with caffeine in it after 3 pm like soda or coffee. It takes some practice but like I said maybe do some deep breathing slowly in and out very deep and slow to relax the body. Please keep in touch and give it some time things don't just change overnight think of how hard it is when the time changes twice a year. I always have problems readjusting my inner lock when they change the clocks on us. Good luck and keep at it, Chuck1957
Thanks so much for all the tips and advice. I am continuing at the 150mg. Switched form Lexapro to Zoloft per my psych. at 50 MG now, but eventually, will go up to 100mg of Zoloft. Now I am up over 6 hours a night, which is an improvement. Completely changed my bedtime routine. No TV after 9 and I read, listen to light music and wind down. I'll continue to update as things improve.
Im wondering how you are doing now because Im taking the same medication 50mg zoloft in the morning and 100 trazodone in the evening? Im for almost 3 months on zoloft and 1,5 month on trazodone. Im still not free from anxiety well Im sleeping much better. My problem is also very dry mouth and pain in my jaws its driving me crazy.
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