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Re: I got up at 5pm..... ed_uk

Posted by Sarah T. on April 2, 2005, at 0:32:40

In reply to I got up at 5pm....., posted by ed_uk on April 1, 2005, at 14:05:40

Hi Ed,

I sympathize with you completely. I have extraordinary difficulty with my circadian rhythms. I have actually wished I could visit England or some place else in Europe for a few weeks. Then, when I returned to the U.S., my inner clock would be 6 or more hours ahead. Of course, the next challenge would be staying on that schedule, but I figure I'd deal with that when the time came.

From your post, I couldn't quite figure out what medicines you're on now. Are your current medications exacerbating your sleep/wake difficulties? You mentioned that you want to take an MAOI. Have you ever been on an MAOI before?

Do you have Daylight Savings Time in the U.K.? This weekend (at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, April 3rd), most of the states in the U.S. will change to Daylight Savings Time. We have to set our clocks one hour ahead, which means we lose an hour of sleep. We'll get that hour back next fall when we return to Standard Time, but that's no consolation now. I don't know how I'm going to get up an hour earlier. I can barely get out of bed an hour later! I'm thinking about trying melatonin in another desperate effort to change my circadian clock, but I'm afraid it will make me more depressed.

I do hope you had some good dreams during those sixteen hours of sleep. Sometimes dreaming is fun, sort of like going to the movies!

You're NOT alone, Ed.




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