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So...I kinda thought one of the benefits of being hypo was that I was supposed to not be tired all the time, even if I didn't get much sleep.  Somehow, I'm getting sleep and still tired all the time.  So while I don't want to be hypo, I am a bit curious about why that fairly big red flag is not deciding to surface.  Maybe I'm starting to crash downward, who knows.  It doesn't feel that way though. 

For the past few nights, I've been getting what would normally be seen as enough sleep.  It's broken up, so it's probably not good quality, but it's not bad as far as hours.  For example, last night I got from about 9:30 to 4:00 and then from about 5:30-8:00.  In between I couldn't fall asleep to save my life so I started coloring.  That is apparently my sole saving grace right now, so I'm hoping I land in a PHP/IOP to give myself something else to do at least!

So even if I get enough sleep, I'm still exhausted.  This is nothing new for me--but what is new is that I can't lay down for more than 5 minutes without feeling like it's pointless and I may as well get up.  I can't get physically comfortable.  It still feels like internal restlessness, but only when I'm trying to take a nap (and sometimes falling asleep for the night, but usually meds take over at that point, after the seroquel munchies are satisfied).  It feels almost like anxiety--as if I am too scared to not be able to fall asleep that I don't want to try it and possibly not succeed in crashing.  And I certainly can't just rest, which is what I used to be able to do.

 

Anyone have any suggestions?  Been there before and have some tricks of the trade?  If I was permanently planning on staying home, I'd consider asking for a low dose benzo to take beforehand, though that would increase the tiredness.  It might let me fall asleep though.  But because I'll be in a program that runs 8:45ish to 3:15ish (hopefully), I can't really think about that route, I don't think. 

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Yeah, actually I should update it - I take 1 mg ativan in the morning and 1 mg ativan at night.

Have done a sleep study.  My results were so weird they thought they were likely invalid b/c of me not being able to adapt.  No problems with any apneas or random movements though.  I used an actwatch instead and that showed that my cycle was fine. 

The daytime tiredness has always been a factor, but the inability to fall asleep during the day has only co-existed with this new episode of whatever the fuck it is. 

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I have insomnia, both falling asleep and staying asleep. I don't know if its a placebo effect, but I do drink sleepytime tea when things are bad. Sometimes use two teabags in a single cup.

*should say, this is in addition to 100mg hydroxyzine.

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Sounds like a really rough situation. What makes it difficult for me to sleep are intrusive thoughts.  A psychiatrist recommended "Sleepy Time Tea"   I strongly identify with not getting enough sleep.  In fact its only when I remember my dreams I know I got some sleep.  I take an herbal bed time tea. It helps somewhat.  Dancesintherain what is an actwatch.  You sound really frustrated and I sure don't blame you.

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