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Hi!  I am posting here because it seems obvious that the sleep disorder section people have not returned to normal.

I am talking using meds and then becoming regulated and going off of them, using cds/teas/meditation, using nothing.

I asked my pdoc if sleep was always going to be a problem for bpers and she said yes.  I don't know if I am ready to resign to this fact or not, so I would love to hear that someone, anyone sleeps on a regular schedule without meds (or used them to get that way.)

Thank you in advance for you advice!

Kathryn

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Well, both seroquel and remeron worked for me (seroquel is the best for me), so I think with meds there is hope. 

I never, ever slept normally since childhood.  Only in the past few years, with meds have I slept more than 4 hours in a night.

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What are you talking about when you say "normal"? Too much sleep or not enough? I'm finally down to about 7-8 hours a night, I was sleeping 12-14 in a 24 hr period. To me, that sounds normal again! I've always been an extremely light sleeper, so the meds have actually helped me obtain a very sound sleep, but full cycles, not just a heavy drugged sleep. Do have trouble waking up, unusual for me.

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For me by "normal" I mean getting enough.  I forgot some people may actually get too much sleep.  I can't imagine.  I love that on a saturday now with seroquel I can be one of those people who sleeps in past noon. 

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i guess i am talking about when you have insomnia, sleep late or keep waking up in the middle of the night.

is this something you will have a problem with and need meds for for the rest of your life or is it something that will normalize (sleep 7-8 hrs straight)?

thanks for your responses!

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I've never slept well without meds.  My first night on sedating meds I was

telling dh my eyes hurt and kept rubbing them.  He's like "You're tired!" DUH!

Never felt tired in my life before that.  Seriously.

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first- i'd ask- did you ever have "normal" sleep? i think if someone had normal sleep prior to MI onset , then if treatment goes well they might- go back to that. but unfortunately we learn that most MIs have some serious impact on sleep- accepting that may be part of ccoming to terms with having a MI

wish i could be more optimistic for you. good luck.

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I'm good at making myself sleep, either through meditation or with relaxation CDs. I also use incense and lavender oil and soothing baths. I try everything to avoid taking anything. None of my meds, except Klonopin, will make me tired.

I take some Klonopin before I go to bed sometimes if I need to, but overall I try to not do it.

I sleep between 6-8 hours a night. I can't sleep more than 8 and if I get less than 6 I can still function, but am not as bright.

I'd say my sleep is normal in mixed states. In depression I sleep more, usually because they add Seroquel or another atypical that knocks me on my ass. In mania I do not sleep, obviously, until they give me an atypical, which knocks me on my ass and out of a mania. The first time I had a Zyprexa shot I felt the drug go through my veins and the mania dissolved. It was weird.

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