This is week 13 of the working on us mental health prompt series over at Beckie’s Mental Mess. This week’s topic is sleep disorders and insomnia. For guidelines on how to participate, please visit Beckie’s post.
Prompt #1 Questions:
- Have you, or do you suffer from sleep disorders? I don’t have a sleep disorder, but I’ve experienced insomnia related to my depression.
- Have you sought treatment for your sleep disorders? Getting adequate sleep is an important part of managing my depression, so I’m not willing to get insomnia go on for very long without some kind of intervention.
- Have you ever had a sleep study on you, and if so, what was recommended? No
- Has your doctor prescribed medication for your sleep disorder, if so, what has worked for you? A couple of the meds I currently take for depression (quetiapine and mirtazapine) also help with my sleep and for the most part of very effective. In the past when my bedtime meds weren’t particularly sedating I’ve taken zopiclone, trazodone, and clonazepam, which worked sometimes but not always.
- Have you ever tried home remedies to alleviate your sleep disorders? I’ve tried melatonin and valerian but didn’t find either one helpful.
- What’s the longest amount of time you went without sleep? I’m not sure. I remember during one of my hospitalizations I was barely sleeping even though I was taking bucketloads of prn sleep medication.
Prompt #2 Picture Prompt:
What this brings to mind is insomnia in the form of eyes wide open as opposed to having a busy brain. When I can’t sleep I don’t typically ruminate or have a lot of thoughts going through my mind. I’m just wide awake.
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