Ok so every night i have the same problem. I can't ever fall asleep till like 1 or 2. Then I have to get up at like 7:15 and i am so exausted that it is really hard to get up. So I will be really tired for the first four hour of my day, and by the time I should be going to bed I am wide awake. It seems like it takes me forever to fall asleep, and then it takes me a long time to get into a deep sleep. I believe I am in my deepest phase of sleep when my alarm goes off every morning. It is really dangerous because i have to get up and drive, and i am still very tired. I am not drinking any caffeine in the evenings and i'm not exercising before bed. I feel like i've been this way all my life. Anyone else feel this way?
i've had a similar problem for years. don't fall asleep until 3 or 4 in the morning then i'm up at 8 . usually i can function okay during the mornings but as soon as the clock hits midday, thats it, i'm totally worn out and feel like a zombie for the rest of the day sometimes i'm so out of it that one or two people have asked me if i was drunk i'm so tired of feeling like this. i dont drive anymore because i'm terrified of falling asleep at the wheel and causing an accident. don't know what else to do, i've tried everything.
Are you taking any prescription meds for other conditions? I have experienced sleep delays and/or early am awakenings with blood pressure medication. I've also experienced severe exhaustion while taking bp medication.
If you are on any medication you might want to document:
1. Name/dose of medcation
2. Time you took the medication.
3. Time you went to bed.
4. Time you woke up.
5. Degree of fatigue, perhaps a 1-10 with 10 being the worst fatigue.
6. General notes.
Then look for a pattern. Is there a correlation between when you take your meds and when you go to sleep? Wake up? If you forget to take your meds do your symptoms subside? Disappear? I discovered that I got a good night's sleep after I was so tired i couldn't stand it. It took two years for me to figure out that i slept not because i was exhausted, but i was so exhausted that i forgot to take my medication! Now I'm on a different blood pressure medication and my normal sleep patterns have returned. I go to bed regular hours, wake regular hours, and feel refreshed when i wake. Good luck and good health!
I'd suggest you do a check-list of the obvious things:
--- prepare your nest properly with a comfortable bed and a dark, quiet room that is cool enough that you need to snuggle into the covers. If quiet is not possible, a white-noise generator is a good substitute.
--- no alcohol after dinner.
--- dinner as early as possible, easy on fat and red meat.
--- no caffeine at all except, if you must, at breakfast. (That includes chocolate.)
--- an hour of break-a-sweat conditioning exercise at least four days a week but no later than an hour before bedtime.
--- a leisurely warm bath, maybe with music and a bit of light reading.
--- warm milk just before bedtime (if you can stand the taste).
--- spiritual time in the evening... centering or contemplative prayer, relaxed yoga-type mental exercises, that sort of thing... Candlelight helps me there. Relaxation and the comfort of your faith will help you gently exorcize any sleep-denying demons that might lurk at the edge of your awareness.
BiggerMac has listed an excellent summary of good sleep hygiene here. In addition to blood pressure medications there are a few others that can affect your ability to sleep.
Decongestants, and expectorants are the worst. So if you all have allergies and are using decongestants and the like do not take it a hour before bed... take it many hours before bed so your body can regulate the effects, or right before you lay down so that you have a 20 minute window before the drug is absorbed and begins to stimulate you. If you get to sleep you normally shouldn't have to worry about waking up. If you wake up continually through out the night, you are probably suffering from sleep apnea.
I take my lexpro at bedtime. I used to take it during the day but it made me drowsy so I switched it to the evening. I don't think its the lexpro that is causing my inability to fall asleep. I think that I have a condition that is called Idiopathic Hypersomnia.
Although you may initially have experienced sleepiness on the lexapro, it is possible that you are now experiencing insomnia from it. Sleepiness and insomnia are both listed as side effects of lexapro. Please keep in mind that side effects can change, even over a brief period of time.
I would recommend that you check with your pharmacist and your physician regarding this possibility.
Last edited by bethsheba; 03-10-2007 at 08:42 AM.
Bethsheba Wrote: Although you may initially have experienced sleepiness on the lexapro, it is possible that you are now experiencing insomnia from it. Sleepiness and insomnia are both listed as side effects of lexapro. Please keep in mind that side effects can change, even over a brief period of time.
This is definitely true. As a chemist I have seen what long term systematic chemical build up in a system can do.. you can develope an intolerancce or tolerance for a maintanence drug.. as well as an allergy. Side effect exhibition is just another part of this. It is worth looking into, because you can only get to the source by process of elimination and evaluation.
i feel like you just described me. I have been in the same state from 14 years old I am now 35. Not only do you really suffer from this but your whole family does if your not careful. My children have taken to asking me if they can do things in the morning that I actually have no memory of. When my hubby asks them why they have done something they tell him they have discussed it with me.