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Old 12-01-2006, 08:09 PM   #1
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Depression and Sleeping

I was wondering if anyone else with depression have sleeping problems? For some reason I find it hard to sleep at night. I was told to take melatonin to get my sleep pattern under control. But that takes 4 weeks to completely work.

 
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Old 12-01-2006, 08:18 PM   #2
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Re: Depression and Sleeping

Depression normaly effects sleep by the person getting too much or to little. I sleep up to 14 hours a night and the average is around 10 hours or so. Can't your doctor give you a sleeping med like trazadone or temazapam?

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Old 12-02-2006, 01:05 AM   #3
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Re: Depression and Sleeping

yes, i do. i dont' sleep well at all. i have to take ambian CR to get any decent sleep. i asked my psychatrist about it and she said its the depression that is causing it. if i dont' take ambian i sleep maybe 5 hours. if i do i sleep 10. right now i'm up at 1am. slept maybe 4 hours. now i will have a hard time getting back to sleep. i dont like to take ambian every night since i lingers into the next day and i'm tired most of that day.

 
Old 12-02-2006, 03:38 AM   #4
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Re: Depression and Sleeping

is it because of anxiety? i have sleeping problems due to anxiety.

 
Old 12-02-2006, 07:53 AM   #5
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Re: Depression and Sleeping

Depression and some antidepressants disrupt sleep. The best thing for me is getting enough physical activity during the day. It calms the mind. I need to avoid naps and maintain fairly regular sleep times. Oversleeping makes me feel more depressed, and it makes sleeping well the next night difficult.

 
Old 12-02-2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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Re: Depression and Sleeping

I started having trouble sleeping a few years ago. I started sleeping less and less, until I got to the point that I didn't get any sleep at all for almost a week. I thought it was moving out on my own for the first time that did it. Now, I believe it's tied into depression/anxiety. Around the time my sleeping problems began is when I started feeling emotionally unbalanced. My doctor prescribed a combination of amitriptyline hcl (elavil) and melatonin. It didn't take four weeks for melatonin to work for me, but maybe that's because I was taking 50mg elavil with it. The first night on this combo, I got 4 hours of sleep, and the next day, I got 11 hours. This is after not sleeping for a week. It's been five years since then, and I'm still taking it. My doctor says that it's safe to take long-term and that some people just need help getting to sleep. I'm trying to wean off it, though, but am not having much luck.

 
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Re: Depression and Sleeping

I have chronic depression and have been on AD meds for quite a while. A little over a year ago I began haiving some really significant sleep problems. I would wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air. During the day, I was so very tired. Then, I went to my regular doc who sent me to a pulmonologist. The pulmonologist scheduled a sleep study. As a result, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea-30 apnea events per hour. I have used a C-PAP for the past year. Sleep apnea can cause depression or it can certainly worsen the symptoms.

 
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