I am worried that I may not being getting good quality sleep whilst taking amitriptyline-though I am sleeping MUCH better. I started taking amit a year ago for anxiety and headache related sinus problems affecting my sleep. I was also prescribed 50g sertraline specifically for the anxiety. I am a survivor of children trauma and abuse and I am very active in my recovery.
Have you noticed that you awaken frequently during the night? Ami can cause vivid dreams, but usually not nightmares. If your dreams wake you up, then your sleep rhythm is being disrupted. There is no such thing as "catching up on sleep", and the only "restorative sleep" is the REM cycle. We cycle through stages 1-4 and REM about every 40 minutes with uninterrupted sleep. If you are waking frequently, then you are not reaching the REM cycle often enough to allow you to feel rested in the morning. You might want to start making notes if dreams or nightmares awaken you. The content of your dreams can help your counselor to assist you better in your recovery.
Sweet dreams to you!
I was given amitriptyline to help me sleep and it worked very well. At first I was a little sleepy in the morning but that went away after I had been on it for a while. I wish it still worked for me but although it still helped me fall asleep I would wake up during the night so now have to try to find something else for sleep. I know that I was more rested with it than without it.
Hope that helps
Hi, i was prescribed Amitriptyline to help with the pain and help me sleep after a back injury. This was some years ago now, and i still take them to aid my sleep. I have reduced the dose, my sleep was better on a higher dose (50mg), but i had interaction risks with other medications i take. My doctor has happily allowed me to continue on Amitriptyline as it gives me a better quality of sleep, and therefore improves my mental health. I take 20mg now. You should notice that your broken sleep pattern changes the longer you take the medication.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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