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.