PermaLink Sleep is overrated.12/07/2006 04:26 PM

Well, it has finally come to this: drugs to help me sleep.  Yet another adventure on the chemical highway.
My sleep is still all fouled up.  A few weeks ago, it got to the point where if Suzanne wasn't around, I'd be up half the night working on things, and then wake up the next day around noon.  Obviously, this makes for a difficult interaction with a normal working environment, so I went off to Kaiser and talked to them again.

Ambien has now entered my life, though it has not joined my usual supply of take-them-every-day drugs that sit in the door pocket of whatever Volkswagen I'm driving that day.  This stuff lives next to the bed, for use when needed.  For some reason, the GP who saw me this time prescribed 7.5mg, which is a weird dose that Kaiser's own pharmacy doesn't actually stock.  I'm glad.  The first night I took it, I took just one 5mg pill, and was quite happy to fall asleep in half an hour rather than the more-typical-for-me two to three hours.  I also slept for nearly ten hours... problematic, but not impossible.

Last night it wasn't much help.  I took the thing at 11, and was still awake at 2:30 and had really chaotic sleep with strange dreams about people who are no longer around (but seemed to be in the dream).  I won't list that one as a success.  The cats were probably rather concerned.

Anyway, once I do fall asleep, I'm pretty much OK.  They want to send me for another sleep study, but those tend to focus on how you sleep, and don't seem to be much use if you can't actually start sleeping.  Once I sleep, I am OK, but it's getting to that point that's the problem.

I've also found that aside of internet dating, sleep is one topic everyone is willing to give you free advice on.  While this might seem OK, when you figure that no two people even fart alike, the odds of your sleep advice being useful to another human are not all that good.

Speaking of farting, I never did find out if that woman who was taken off a plane in Nashville last week after she lit matches to cover up a nasty fart ever got to where she was going.

Some news is just more... interesting... than others.

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1. The Turtle12/14/2006 03:01:35 AM


If that fucking butterfly landed on my head in my sleep, I would unleash my cats to eat its ass.

Of course, they would just play with it till they broke it, or eat it and then yack all over my rug in the upstairs hall.

To me... same net result.




2. Devin Olson12/13/2006 07:18:29 PM
Homepage: http://www.devinolson.net


Am I the only one who is afraid of that freaky Lunesta butterfly? Something about it really bothers me -I lie awake at night worrying about just what the heck it is going to do to me when I finally do fall asleep.

The only "medication" that really works for me is, unfortunately, a controlled substance and not legally available. Grrrr.

Here's wishing you some restful sleep my friend.

-Devin.




3. Duffbert12/07/2006 08:19:01 PM
Homepage: http://www.twduff.com


I'm also an Ambien user sporadically. I use both the 10 mg dose of regular Ambien if I think I'm going to have a hard time shutting down the mind. It's good for about 4 to 6 hours of sleep, and has made red-eye flights endurable. I also have Ambien CR which is time-released. I still tend to wake up at some point in the night, but I go back to sleep with little effort.

It's not something I need to use often, but it's useful on those stressful days/projects where the mind just keeps running...




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