#066 – Insomnia and Sleeping Medication

My sleeping patterns have always been all over the place. Even as a kid I’d love to stay up as late as I could. My insomnia is similar to my drinking – It’s off and on. I never go two nights without sleep but I regularly stay up all night and the following day. I usually try for hours to drift off but instead I toss and turn with a million thoughts going through my mind. It get’s to a point, usually abound two or three in the morning, and I give up trying. I’ll either watch YouTube, watch crappy late night television or read a book. I’ll start drinking coffee as I know there is no chance of sleep anyway. There’s something romantic about being awake through the night. Nobody to bother me and beautiful silence. Once I’ve made the commitment to go sleepless I make sure I don’t sleep or take naps the following day. I always sleep well on the second night.

I’ve tried plenty of sleeping aids for many years. As a kid I would take valarium which is natural and did nothing to help. I was put on diazepam and Temazepam which are benzodiazepines but these didn’t help either. When I went to the Melbourne Clinic Professor Burrows (Blog #008) put me on Imovane and Stilnox. He never told me the dangers of these drugs. On one occasion after taking Stilnox I found myself driving on the freeway about twenty minutes from home. When I came to my senses I couldn’t figure out where I was going and I couldn’t remember getting in the car or the drive to where I was at? I had basically sleepwalked or sleep-driven for twenty minutes! This scared the crap out of me. I later researched Stilnox and there are a tonne of similar stories often involving driving. My mate got up during the night and cooked dish washing liquid on the frying pan and remembered nothing of it.

These days I take Clozapine (Blog #009) This does the job most of the time but sometimes it fails on me. I also take melatonin which works well and while I’ve been in hospital I have been taking Mogadone (Nitazepam) but this is starting to wear off like all benzo’s do. (Blog #041)

Published by aperfecttool83

I'm a 37 year old who lives in Melbourne Australia. I have many interests but I want to base this blog on my mental health. I have schizophrenia, depression & anxiety. I have 15 years experience with psychiatrists and I have had close to 20 hospital admissions. I plan on writing about my delusions, voices, paranoia, depression and how to deal with them psychiatrists :) I really hope this blog can help someone. Please feel free to contact me and I promise to get back to you. Have a nice day!

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