Why is my sleep so erratic?

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tinymountain
June 4, 2013 - 5:09 pm
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tinymountain
Total Posts: 4
Joined: 12-27-2011
I have BP-II. When I'm hypomanic, I sleep 3-5 hrs/night, and when I'm depressed I sleep up to 20 hrs/night. Even when I'm reasonably stable, my sleep duration varies a LOT from night to night. As far as I can remember, it's always been like this. I feel like I should probably try to fix it...but how?



Medications for May 2013
05-10-2013 - Present:Effexor XR, 37.5 mg.a.m.
05-10-2013 - Present:Lamotrigine, 100 mg.b.t.
05-08-2013 - Present:Lithium carbonate, 900 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
05-08-2013 - Present:Lithium carbonate, 900 mg.b.t.
05-03-2013 - 05-10-2013:Lamotrigine, 50 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
05-03-2013 - 05-10-2013:Lamotrigine, 50 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-25-2013 - 05-08-2013:Lithium carbonate, 600 mg.b.t.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
05-03-2013 - 05-10-2013:Lamotrigine, 50 mg.b.t.
04-30-2013 - 05-05-2013:Effexor XR, 225 mg.a.m.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-25-2013 - 05-08-2013:Lithium carbonate, 600 mg.b.t.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
04-30-2013 - 05-05-2013:Effexor XR, 225 mg.a.m.
04-29-2013 - 05-03-2013:Lamotrigine, 25 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-25-2013 - 05-08-2013:Lithium carbonate, 600 mg.b.t.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.

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tinymountain
tinymountain
June 4, 2013 - 5:09 pm
I have BP-II. When I'm hypomanic, I sleep 3-5 hrs/night, and when I'm depressed I sleep up to 20 hrs/night. Even when I'm reasonably stable, my sleep duration varies a LOT from night to night. As far as I can remember, it's always been like this. I feel like I should probably try to fix it...but how?



Medications for May 2013
05-10-2013 - Present:Effexor XR, 37.5 mg.a.m.
05-10-2013 - Present:Lamotrigine, 100 mg.b.t.
05-08-2013 - Present:Lithium carbonate, 900 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
05-08-2013 - Present:Lithium carbonate, 900 mg.b.t.
05-03-2013 - 05-10-2013:Lamotrigine, 50 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
05-03-2013 - 05-10-2013:Lamotrigine, 50 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-25-2013 - 05-08-2013:Lithium carbonate, 600 mg.b.t.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
05-03-2013 - 05-10-2013:Lamotrigine, 50 mg.b.t.
04-30-2013 - 05-05-2013:Effexor XR, 225 mg.a.m.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-25-2013 - 05-08-2013:Lithium carbonate, 600 mg.b.t.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.
04-30-2013 - 05-05-2013:Effexor XR, 225 mg.a.m.
04-29-2013 - 05-03-2013:Lamotrigine, 25 mg.b.t.
04-15-2013 - Present:Cytomel, .5 mcg.a.m.
01-25-2013 - 05-08-2013:Lithium carbonate, 600 mg.b.t.
01-01-2013 - Present:Melatonin, 3 mg.b.t.
01-08-2011 - Present:Dexedrine Spansule, 15 mg.a.m.

SerenityNow
August 8, 2013 - 7:28 am
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SerenityNow
Total Posts: 48
Joined: 08-07-2013
I hear you there. I've been in a hypo-manic state for the last 5 days now. But thats only because I started taking less of my medicine for a stupid reason. Don't ever do that! I can only speak from personal experience but taking a mixture of Valerian Root and Passion Flower (which you can pick up at any vitamin shop and some grocery chains) has helped me when I'm in a pinch. For some people it works, for others not so much. But its completely herbal and you should try it if you haven't before.

How about exercise? That helps a lot to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.



Current medications as of 08-08-2013
03-14-2011 - Present: Lexapro, 20mg. one per day
08-01-2012 - Present: Depakote ER, 1250mg. one time at night

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SerenityNow
August 8, 2013 - 7:28 am
I hear you there. I've been in a hypo-manic state for the last 5 days now. But thats only because I started taking less of my medicine for a stupid reason. Don't ever do that! I can only speak from personal experience but taking a mixture of Valerian Root and Passion Flower (which you can pick up at any vitamin shop and some grocery chains) has helped me when I'm in a pinch. For some people it works, for others not so much. But its completely herbal and you should try it if you haven't before.

How about exercise? That helps a lot to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.



Current medications as of 08-08-2013
03-14-2011 - Present: Lexapro, 20mg. one per day
08-01-2012 - Present: Depakote ER, 1250mg. one time at night

Whoo Saaahhh
SerenityNow
August 8, 2013 - 7:29 am
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SerenityNow
Total Posts: 48
Joined: 08-07-2013
What part of the graph indicates sleep pattern? Sorry I'm new here.



Current medications as of 08-08-2013
03-14-2011 - Present: Lexapro, 20mg. one per day
08-01-2012 - Present: Depakote ER, 1250mg. one time at night

Whoo Saaahhh
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SerenityNow
SerenityNow
August 8, 2013 - 7:29 am
What part of the graph indicates sleep pattern? Sorry I'm new here.



Current medications as of 08-08-2013
03-14-2011 - Present: Lexapro, 20mg. one per day
08-01-2012 - Present: Depakote ER, 1250mg. one time at night

Whoo Saaahhh
SerenityNow
August 9, 2013 - 7:15 am
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SerenityNow
Total Posts: 48
Joined: 08-07-2013
Never mind. Figured it out.



Current medications as of 08-09-2013
03-14-2011 - Present: Lexapro, 20mg. one per day
08-01-2012 - Present: Depakote ER, 1250mg. one time at night

Whoo Saaahhh
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SerenityNow
SerenityNow
August 9, 2013 - 7:15 am
Never mind. Figured it out.



Current medications as of 08-09-2013
03-14-2011 - Present: Lexapro, 20mg. one per day
08-01-2012 - Present: Depakote ER, 1250mg. one time at night

Whoo Saaahhh
kumbaya
August 24, 2013 - 6:07 am
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kumbaya
Total Posts: 718
Joined: 04-20-2010
Yeah,

I can totally relate. It has got to the point where my P-doc has prescribed me Zolpidem (Ambien) Which is dangerous because I have been clean (not self medicating) for over 3 yrs now and even though I would take whatever to get high I preferred downer type drugs because I had untreated mania rather than depression most of the time.



Medications for July 25, 2013 to August 24, 2013
05-18-2012 - Present:Propranolol, 20mg. 1 daily
05-16-2012 - Present:Allopurinol, 300mg. 1 time daily
02-19-2012 - Present:zolpidem, 10mg. 1: 30 mins before bed
09-26-2011 - Present:Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), 70mgs. 1 in morning

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kumbaya
kumbaya
August 24, 2013 - 6:07 am
Yeah,

I can totally relate. It has got to the point where my P-doc has prescribed me Zolpidem (Ambien) Which is dangerous because I have been clean (not self medicating) for over 3 yrs now and even though I would take whatever to get high I preferred downer type drugs because I had untreated mania rather than depression most of the time.



Medications for July 25, 2013 to August 24, 2013
05-18-2012 - Present:Propranolol, 20mg. 1 daily
05-16-2012 - Present:Allopurinol, 300mg. 1 time daily
02-19-2012 - Present:zolpidem, 10mg. 1: 30 mins before bed
09-26-2011 - Present:Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), 70mgs. 1 in morning

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