It is not a usual problem. The most typical side effects with taking Tramadol are nausea, vomiting, sweating, itching and constipation sometimes drowsiness. Unless you could not sleep because of one of the listed, it is not typical to not be able to sleep after taking Tramadol.
Hi, i agree, it is unusual for Tramadol to cause insomnia when first starting it. It is much more common to experience lethargy and generally sleeping more than usual. It is known that Tramadol can cause insomnia when someone has been taking it for a long time & at high doses.
The first time I took it (about 7 years ago), I took a 50mg dose before going to bed, and had insomnia so bad that I didn't use it again for months. Since then, I have usually taken it only during the morning. This doesn't seem to be a typical effect, so it may just be my individual reaction.
I took Tramadol for years and suffered with sleeplessness for years.
Most nights it would take between 3-6 hours to get to sleep even after a strenuous day. Some nights no sleep at all.
My doctor had no answers and indicated this was a part of aging, (I am 67 now).
On re-reading the advice slip in the packet, I noticed the '1 in a 1000' side effect of sleep disorders on Tramadol.
Desperate, I tried stopping the medication.
It had an immediate effect that same evening.
I I am now sleeping well for the first time in years and no longer lie awake for hours.
In fact I get straight off to sleep - it's amazing!
I feel I have got my life back.
The most suffering I have ever endured was the past decade on Tramadol.
Yes, absolutely. I had terrible insomnia for days after I first started taking Tramadol, and it happened again after I started it again after a long break. The best solution for me was to take it as far from bedtime as possible - in my case, just after supper. Avoiding caffeine seemed to help, too, as the effect of caffeine seemed to be even worse with Tramadol.
I had depression of which I was not aware but my sleep was disorderly and once I was prescribed tramadol 50mg. for back pain I slept for 12 hours without interruptions and woke up feeling refreshed. I use Sleep monitoring Gadget EMFIT-QS. Which recorded my physiology and gave me 100% recovery for sleep after first time taking tramadol. to see if the result was not a fluke. I stopped taking tramadol and checked my sleep score & quality... it was poor again. So now I take 50mg of tramadol every other day and monitor my sleep it has proved right every time I sleep after taking a tramadol I recover fully with 100% marks on HRV. As I Study BSc health science, I am going to investigate this further. It is a factual statement based on self experimentations.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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