I’m getting to the point that I’m going to run out of clonazepam and zolpidem before the prescriptions are renewable. I was not worried at first, because bad bouts like this rarely last more than two weeks, but this nonsense has been going on a month. I went to my doctor and fessed up. The doctor asked me if I’d ever taken amitriptyline before, so I said yes, and it made me sleep like a cat, but I also gained weight on it, so I was switched to desipramine. He is currently looking up the options.
You can dream in any stage of sleep, but REM sleep is the point at which you have the most vivid dreams. It is also what your brain tries to catch up on first when you haven’t been getting enough sleep. If you don’t catch up, you get daytime hallucinations. I do everything I can to avoid driving when I am this tired. I have been in an accident before, albeit, it was plain old falling asleep behind the wheel, it wasn’t braking for a phantasm. I’m terrified of doing that—braking for a person who isn’t really there, and getting rear-ended by a person who is.
There’s a sickness that goes with sleeping three hours a night, a week at a time. It’s nausea, or actual vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain; headaches that border on migraines. Your joints ache; your muscles are tight, especially through the shoulders; your vision is blurry. Sometimes you see double. Food tastes odd. Your hands shake. Sometimes your whole body shivers. You drop things, you trip over things. Periodically, your heart races with no apparent provocation.
If you told me for a fact I would never sleep more than three hours a night for the rest of my life, I would kill myself, and it would be a perfectly rational decision.
This could be a prime piece of quackery, but I want it to work. A radiator for your pillow. Your pillow always on the cold side.
I’ve had two nights with the weighted blanket. It’s no miracle, but it’s a few more pebbles to dam up the brook. I’ve fallen asleep pretty fast both nights I’ve used it, and stayed asleep longer than usual.
It hurts to be this tired– you’d think that at such a point I’d sleep from total exhaustion, but nope. When I woke up at midnight, I woke up shaking. It took a couple of minutes to stop. Would Tylenol make me feel better? or migraine medicine? Sometimes caffeine helps. Sometimes food helps.
What about the day when nothing helps?