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Left to my own devices I sleep between 12-15 hours every day, unless I have appointments that I need to wake up for. Could the problem be my meds? Or might I have developed some kind of sleep disorder? Anyone else have this problem? 

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Was it like that before you had meds, and if there was ever a time when you didn't have MI symptoms, was your sleep still long like that?

The only TRUE way to find out if it's caused by your meds would be totally irresponsible to suggest as an experiment (ie discontinuing then restarting).

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I have always needed a lot of sleep too, even before I started taking medication. 12 hours is my minimum and i could sleep a lot more if I didn't make myself get up

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@aura I was thinking the same. That a sleep study or at a least a consultation with a sleep Dr specialist couldn't hurt. 

For me sleeping that much was a combination of: sleep apnea/possible other sleep disorders, my thyroid being out of whack (hashimoto's disease), the sedating meds themselves, etc. 

So you see that sleep issues can be from many different causes. It's best to see a specialist to rule out things like hypothyroid issues and sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. 

Did you always sleep this much or just after starting meds? Either way it would be a good idea to see someone about this. Sleeping so much is so frustrating IME. I hated sleeping my life away. Now it's better because I use a CPAP and take nuvigil and a thyroid pill but it's not perfect. But at least I'm not sleeping 18 or more hours a day!

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16 hours ago, Wooster said:

Was it like that before you had meds, and if there was ever a time when you didn't have MI symptoms, was your sleep still long like that?

The only TRUE way to find out if it's caused by your meds would be totally irresponsible to suggest as an experiment (ie discontinuing then restarting).

@aura This is what a true day time sleep study for testing for things like narcolepsy would want you to do. They would ideally want you on no meds. 

Luckily I have a very good sleep Dr and she knew it would be very risky and horrible for me to go off all my meds just for the sake of a sleep study.

I still had a day time sleep study done, but the results of course were inconclusive because I fell asleep but didn't hit the REM stage on all 5 "naps" during the day. Frustrating. So she is treating me for possible narcolepsy but it could also be chronic fatigue. But the meds block the REM stage somehow so when I napped during the day I didn't hit that stage. 

The only way to know for sure she said would be to go off all meds and wait a few weeks then repeat the study. No thanks. But she is a great Dr and would never put me through that. Thank goodness. 

 

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The problem started after going on meds. I used to be a morning person! So I've just been assuming the problem is the meds. But at the same time I wonder if seeing a sleep doctor might not help. Thanks all for the advice!

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Posted (edited)

I saw a sleep Dr and had a sleep study done. I couldn't handle the mask.

he gave me Provigil and it helped.

my insurance wouldn't pay for but I get it Costco for $25/ month.

Edited by Savannah

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