Well, I guess it is that time of year for me. I have come through the terrible fall when my mood crashes. I am grateful that it is fairly predictable that it settles back into baseline at about mid to late December. However, now my sleep is out of whack.
My Pdoc allows me to regulate my Seroquel based on my sleep needs. So, when I'm sleeping well, I take about 150mg's at bedtime. I'm allowed to adjust it upwards to 300mg's if my sleep starts to become disordered again. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been bumping up the Seroquel, until I am now at the 300mg level. I'm careful about my decision to adjust the meds because I don't want to be over sedated the next day. Anyway, at 300mg, my sleep is still bad. UGH!
I had to drive to the state capitol the other day (a little over an hour) to meet with the state agency that funds my local agency. On the way home, I was SO tired that I had to pull over and nap for a few minutes. I am WAY too young to be doing stuff like that. But, I was hazard on the road, if I didn't!! Sometimes I sit at my desk and zone out because I am so exhausted.
But, no matter what I do, I cannot sleep the whole night through. I'm wide awake at disgustingly early hours of the morning. The only one happy about me being awake is my puppy. She is absolutely thrilled to see me shuffle out of the bedroom.
I'm posting my sleep pie chart to show how often my sleep falls below 7 hours (my body's minimum requirement for genuine restorative sleep). I'm concerned that the lack of sleep might precipitate a mood swing (generally depression). I would HATE that. But, mostly I really just want to get some sleep. I'm tired. I want to feel better.
Medications for 1st quarter 2009
|10-24-2007 - Present:||Colace, 100 mg. 1 tab am, 1 tab hs|
|10-24-2007 - Present:||Protonix, 40 mg. 1 tab hs|
|10-24-2007 - Present:||Seroquel, 50 mg. 1or2 tabs prn tid anxiety|
|06-03-2008 - Present:||Tegretol XR, 400mg. 1 am, 1 hs|
|06-03-2008 - Present:||Topamax, 50 mg. 2 tabs am, 2 tabs pm|
|06-03-2008 - Present:||Celexa, 10mg. 1 tab am|
|08-12-2008 - Present:||Hydroxyzine, 25mg. 1 or 2 tabs prn allergy relief|
|08-12-2008 - Present:||Seroquel, 100 to 300mg . adjust as needed sleep|
|01-01-2009 - Present:||Ortho Novum, 1 tab. qd skip placebo|
|01-01-2009 - Present:||B100 complex T-R, 100mg. 2 tabs am|