Quick Sleep Update

June 13, 2007 at 8:06 am 8 comments

For all those people out there who are intensely interested in my sleep patterns. It’s 9am. I should have been asleep at 4am. I tried until 7:30am, then gave up. I might see if I can get an hour now.


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  • 1. feartheseeds  |  June 13, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I’ve been taking 100mg of Seroquel at the bedtime of my choice and getting eight hours of bliss ever since…

  • 2. experimental chimp  |  June 13, 2007 at 9:42 am

    feartheseeds: Yes. I’d imagine that’d work. Unfortunately, my psychiatrist and sleep specialist seem to belong to some no-medication clique. The sleep spec refuses to prescribe at all, and the psychiatrist refused to prescribe for me, specifically.

  • 3. feartheseeds  |  June 13, 2007 at 11:52 am

    How hard is it in the UK to find over-the-counter “sleep aids” like Sleep-Eze, Sominex, Nytol, and/or Unison? Just in case you’re interested in my sleep pattern, I just took my Seroquel so in twenty minutes I’ll be unconscious… I have to be awake in six hours so the Seroquel won’t be completely out of my system, which means I’ll be groggy for roughly an hour or so after I wake up.

  • 4. experimental chimp  |  June 13, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    OTC sleep aids can be purchased in any pharmacy – so long as they’re diphenhydramine. They don’t seem to have much effect on me, but my sleep specialist has forbidden me to use them in any case.

  • 5. patientanonymous  |  June 15, 2007 at 12:37 am

    feartheseeds, 100mgs, eh? I’m taking 50mgs and 7.5mgs of Imovane and my “internal clock” still wakes me up at about 0800hrs…I do manage to get enough sleep but 100mgs is well, a decent dosage.

    Tell me, do you wake up with “Seroquel Face?” *laughing*

  • 6. feartheseeds  |  June 15, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Wow… holy crap… look at the light and colour and header… very cool ExChimp, way to experiment with the themes and stuff.

    I find I’m sleepwalking to the fridge for water about twice a night, I’m not sure if that’s the Seroquel or the Lithium sucking all the moisture out of my body. I use the Seroquel to shut my brain off long enough so I can sleep, I started at 50mgs but I was just lying there counting vowels… I’m not sure about the Seroquel Face, but I’m generally a little groggy for awhile if I have to get up before the drug’s out of my system. I can adjust my sleeping patterns with the drug, which is nice.

    This theme looks good on you ExChimp…

  • 7. patientanonymous  |  June 16, 2007 at 1:14 am

    Yes, I meant to add that as well. Nice new layout/template. Maybe I should change mine but I have ZERO design skills.

    I think my face isn’t too bad but when I first started taking it–major “Seroquel Face.” I might still have it when I wake up…or it could just be PA’s “not quite awake yet” mug.

    Nah…it’s “Seroquel Face.” Prior to taking it, PA was usually pretty lively getting out of bed.

    It could be a bit of both as far as the water goes. I’ve never been on Lithium but as a salt…for sure. I have also noticed that the Seroquel gives me total dry mouth and makes me a bit thirsty as does the Lamictal so ugh…whatever. I keep a bottle of water nearby at night but usually it’s during the day when it’s worst.

  • 8. experimental chimp  |  June 16, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks FTS and PA, for the nice comments about the site redesign. I got bored of the old one.

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Hi, I'm James. I'm a 26 year old guy from England with bipolar disorder (currently well controlled). I also have a circadian rhythm sleep disorder (not so well controlled). This blog has charted my journey from mental illness, through diagnosis and, recently, into recovery. It's not always easy, but then, what is?


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