Early to rise makes a cranky space_cookie crankier
December 6, 2010 10:04 AM Subscribe
Real alarm goes off @ 6:30 am. Alarm in my head goes off @ 4:30 am. What gives?
posted by space_cookie to health & fitness (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The last 10 weeks or so I've been waking up about two hours before I'm supposed to and can't get back to sleep. This happens about three times a week, which is three times too many since I have a mood disorder that is rather fussy about adequate sleep.
-Yes, on crazy meds. I've been very stable on the same combo for several years.
-I take Ambien more often than I should.
-No caffeine after 10:00 am
-My bedroom is sufficiently dark and cool, bladder is sufficiently empty
-I go to bed at the same time every night
-I don't drink any alcohol on week-nights, only a glass of wine or two on weekends
-I used to be more of a night owl, but new job has changed that - this early waking roughly corresponds with said new job
My NP doesn't have much to say about what's going on except that it could be stress related. The thing is, I really like my new job. It doesn't stress me out all that much. He suggested I stop taking Ambien and use another sedative/hypnotic with a 1 hour half life to get back to sleep when I wake up early.
I'm not sure this is the best route to take. Any ideas Me-Fites? I'm tired of being tired all the time.
Yeah, yeah, YANMNP, YANMP