Early Morning Awakening

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   Posted 9/29/2008 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Anybody else find themselves unnecessarily awake at 3 AM? It happens to me at least three mornings a week. I take 75 mg. Amyltriptilene and a flexeril at bedtime. Surley that should help. It gets me to sleep, but doesn't keep me asleep. I'm depressed and in treatment for thet (Sertiline 50mgs. a day, working up to 100 within a month,) stepping up 25 mgs. per week. It gives me alot of energy so I take it in AM. No coffee or colas after noon, regular bedtime routine but here I am again. I've been up since 3AM, feeling yuckey.

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   Posted 9/29/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi tyno.  Yeah, I have the same problem with early waking. 
Depending on what time I go to bed, I am wide awake at either 2:00 am or 3:00 am.  I usually lie there for about an hour and try to get back to sleep.  Sometimes it works, but since I have to get up at 5:00 am, that extra time doesn't help a lot. 
The only thing I ever take for sleep is benadryl, but it doesn't help very much lately.  I also don't do caffiene or any other stimulants. 
I'm averaging about 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night with about a 30 minute nap in the afternoon if possible.  Not really enough sleep, espcially for someone with fibro. sad
It's such a catch-22: you can't sleep because you have fibro, you need to sleep because you have fibro, some think sleep disorders cause fibro.  Go figure. confused
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   Posted 9/29/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Tyno, I take 100mg of amitriptyline and 1 1/2 mg of xanax at bedtime but still go through periods of waking at 4 am. I don't know why 4 is the magic number for me. Since I don't have to get up at a certain time I can take another xanax and go back to sleep sometimes. This morning I got up at 6:30 to use the bathroom and couldn't go back to sleep so I got up. It's like I go through a cycle with this and I can't contribute it to more pain or anything. It's our whacky brains at work or not at work.
I hope this is a cycle your going through and it to shall pass.
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   Posted 9/29/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I go to bed around 10 PM.  I'm up at 11:30, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 and finally get up around 7:00 AM.  I am able to fall back to sleep but know I'm not getting restorative sleep this way.  I'm thankful I don't just lay there, wide awake...usually.  If I completely change my sleeping position and then start praying for family and friends, I usually fall back to sleep.  If I keep thinking about all the sleep I'm losing, I never get back to sleep.  Just a suggestion...
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   Posted 9/29/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the insight folks. Austen, you really nailed it. I guess because I'm always looking for the "why"? I guess I think if I can only figure out the "Why"this is happening, I can fix it. Like when I discovered Epstein-Barr Virus causal factors for Chronic Fatique something in my head went 'ping", yup, I had Mono, maybe there are baby virus's floating around, causing my body to wage a full-out war against me. I certainly can pinpoint when my sleep irregularities started. My first child, my eldest son cried for two solid hours and slept two hours only to awaken and scream for two hours. It seems (although we didn't know it at the time) that he was allergic to just about everything. Neither myself or my then hubby never got a decent noghts sleep. So, there you have it, all downhill from there. It got so I couldn't sleep through the night, ever. Every little noise woke me up. A car door slamming on the street, birds singing, there was this one songbird I was fixing to shoot. Every day about 4 AM off it went tunelessly, on and on, then there was a loon, same deal. I was growing looney. As I also have BiPolar illness, it behooves me to get at least eight hours of straight through sleep or weird thins happen in my endocrine system. This is supposed to be quick, so good-bye for now and Thank-you.
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