Seroquel and my really screwed-up sleep patterns

February 29, 2008 at 11:39 pm 1 comment

I have really got to stop staying up for 24 hours. Then again, I also have to stop sleeping for 24 hours. The staying awake that long is kind of normal for me, but sleeping for 24 hours is just fucked up, isn’t it? I went to sleep sometime on Wednesday night and when I woke up it was almost Friday. I did wake up for a phone call that I very vaguely remember on Thursday morning, but that was about all of Thursday I saw.

Even when I’ve been running a huge sleep debt in the past, the longest I’ve slept afterwards has been 15 hours or so. I think it’s the Seroquel, driving this elongation of my sleep cycle. Which is going to be kind of problematic. If it’s going to keep doing this, then it’s not going to be the kind of medication I can keep taking. And I keep having to have these long days just to make sure I’m awake for things, because I can’t guarantee waking up at any even vaguely sensible times. So it all kind of comes together to suck horribly.

Anyhow, I have an appointment with my psychiatrist in ten days, so I think I’ll be requesting that I come off the Seroquel and try lamotrigine instead.

Less happily, the fucking sleep clinic have still not replied to my doctor’s letter, which was sent in November. It’s now been 7 months since the sleep specialist referred me there.


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mp3 player, therapy, seroquel and sleep Monday Evening

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  • 1. Raymond Forbes  |  March 2, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Dear Chimp,
    Instead of Seroquel you might benefit from knowing why you can’t sleep. You have to know the mechanics of your illness. Your adrenal cortex is one of your engines and it becomes over active in manic depression. The adrenal cortex is opposed by the posterior pituitary gland which is under active in bipolar. So you governor is not working properly. A normal posterior pituitary helps to regulate the adrenal cortex by a feedback effect. Page proved thid relationship. I have a video on insomnia on You Tube. It no doubt applies to you. R. Forbes

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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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