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Re: Sleeping too much can worsen depression adamie

Posted by jay on October 29, 2001, at 2:14:08

In reply to Re: Sleeping too much can worsen depression jay, posted by adamie on October 28, 2001, at 12:02:22

> i will try to force myself to get up after the first time I awake. What happens is after waking up I am still sleepy, tired, and want to sleep more. so instead of 8-9 hours of sleep I get 10-12. Also my sleep is filled with dreams.
> there was one time (10 days) where I got almost no sleep at all. Like 2-3 hours of sleep a day. This was the period when my depression was being made worse by celexa. I felt completely horrible. sleep deprivation didn't seem to help then. but perhaps I would have felt even worse without it.

Well, if you are still on Celexa, and it is causing nasty effects, it may not be the med for you. I don't think 2-3 hours of sleep is a good idea, (that's why I prefer partial-sleep-deprivation...or just coming slighty under the 'normal' amount of sleep) but try for 5-6 hours. Set your alarm for *exactly* 5-6 hours. It is not even really so much sleep deprivation, as it is preventing yourself from entering light, irritating dream-filled sleep.

The next night, you will be a bit more tired, and likely dip into a bit deeper of sleep, but you have to keep that 5-6 hour schedule *every* night. Ask your doc, but there is no evidence that amount of sleep will do any harm. What meds are you on now?





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