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Sleep cycles

Posted by Ruby on September 13, 2010, at 13:56:20

Saw my pdoc last week, talked with her about the continuing trouble I have with falling asleep and then grogginess in the morning. I'm on 100mg of trazodone; 100mg of nortriptyline, and .5 clonapin. When I get up (which often isn't until 9) it takes me a couple of hours to get out of the house.

See spoke in very strong terms about getting my sleep/wake cycle more closely aligned with the circadian in going to bed at 10pm. I was pretty shocked and discouraged; I usually go to bed around midnight and that feels early to me. She said she wouldn't try to make the shift suddenly but that maybe I should try taking half my meds at 10pm to make me sleepy and the other half at 11pm and try to get into bed by 11:30. she also wants me to get a sunbox to use in the mornings, for an hour, to help wake me up.

I am going to try it all, though it does seem difficult. This fall I'll be teaching 2 night courses and won't get home until way I could be in bed in an hour.

I'm wondering if there are others who have tried this and if it worked for them or not. It makes some sense but seems very difficult for a night owl like myself.





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