Anxious in the middle of the night.

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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from depression and anxiety. But my anxiety has lessened somewhat, unless something (anything) triggers it. Usually I feel tired and depressed. (I have been on Wellbutrin since 2000) I have lost interest in staying on the computer and watching TV (I lost interest in a lot of things since out got out of the hospital for surgery, especially after supper, which I just want to go to bed right after supper sometimes.

Well, in doing so, I'll wake up at 2 AM. I still use my relaxing tapes to help me to get to sleep, but they only work for so long. Sometimes I can get back to sleep, but I had to get up at 3AM because I cannot sleep. I feel excited, and not in the good way.

I just wish I felt like staying up later so I can go to bed later and sleep all night for a change. Getting up at 2-3 AM makes for a long, long day. And a boring depressing day at that.

I am taking Klonopin,, Lexapro, Wellbutrin and Invega. I do have sleeping pills, but they don't keep me asleep all night either.

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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Mark,

I would like to suggest that you revisit your physician and see if one of your meds is causing you the problem of "feel excited, and not in the good way "

Also, my Pdoc strongly suggests that I force myself to do things on days when I am down and depressed, get dressed, get out and do something. Anything, mall walking, talk to a friend. 

Set some daily goals for yourself.............move back that bedtime hour..............find a funny video or work through the free online CBT listed in our references above.

You can do this.



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   Posted 2/15/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Kitt is so right on with this. You need to make yourself stay up later. So you can sleep through the night. I know that is hard when you are depressed. But take her advice and see how it goes.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

I took welbutrin and it did interfere with my sleep. I couldn't sleep at all and got restless leg syndrome from it. I hope that you can work something out so that you can get some rest.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like the Welbutrin might be causing your night time problems. Discuss with your doctor about switching meds. In the long run, I think it will be worth the trouble.

As Kitt stated, it's best to go about your day "as if" you are not depressed. You will notice some moments of happiness here and there. Eventually, those moments will last longer and longer.

Pick up a book or two on depression. Make sure they are easy reads with steps to pull yourself through this. There is no reason why you should have to suffer each day like this. You deserve peace and happiness.

Please do the things that are suggested to you on this forum. Best wishes are being sent to you!
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   Posted 2/17/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you could try eating a lighter meal at dinner? Sometimes heavy meals make people more tired. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water earlier in the evening (1.5-2 hours before dinner) since dehydration can also cause fatigue. Hopefully if you can stay awake enough to even just watch TV or talk on the phone it will be enough to keep you awake longer & let you get a full night's sleep.

Do you think it could be from stress? I know I am having trouble sleeping lately. I try everything but am just really anxious about job hunting & finances & losing my home, etc., etc., etc. It's really tough times right now. I can relax for a little while & get some sleep (usually at the least convenient times), but then I start to stir in my sleep and immediately my mind fills with worry. I try to do more physical activity to wear myself out, but even that doesn't seem to help very much. All I would say is that sleep is absolutely vital to both our physical & mental health and if you really can't sleep at all for very long then you should really consider getting help. There are very strong meds that you can be given a couple doses of to make you sleep. On occasion I get them b/c it's not safe to not sleep & some people's bodies need to be reminded how to sleep again b/c they get too tired and forget. I'm not sure how common that is, but I know it's more true for certain ethnic groups.

I sure hope you get some sleep real soon! redface


Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 2/17/2009 12:02:20 PM (GMT-7)

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