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#1 racingmind


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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:35 AM

How many of you find that, no matter what meds you take, your mood just seems to relapse if your sleep cycle is thrown off? I'm going to see if taking melatonin while I'm supposed to sleep would help artifically "induce" the onset of the sleep cycle for that night so that my rhythm remains relatively normal, and my mood/focus/etc doesn't get so jacked up
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:00 AM

My mood is definitely effected by lack of sleep. I am prescribed Ambien CR 6.25 nightly because of this. When I recently lost a lot of sleep due to jet lag I got very anxious and blue. I guard my sleep like a pitbull now.
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:20 PM

my moods and psychotic features [mostly visual hallucinations] go haywire when i start to mess up my sleep cycle. 60mg of geodon at night plus my restoril usually helps me sleep at least 6 hours. melatonin would also help me before i was on this current regimen.
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:22 PM

For me, too much sleep =depressed mood. Six hours or less means a better mood even if I were depressed previously...doesn't cure it but makes things easier if I sleep a little less than I need than too much. Four hours or less and don't feel tired and do it for a few days...hypomania and not good. Fortunately, hypomania is a rarity for me.
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:20 PM

Sure. Mood disorders often screw up your sleep - and vice versa. Insomnia - especially terminal insomnia where you wake up early and can't fall back asleep - is diagnostic for depression.

Depressed people often experience diurnal mood variations as well. I feel better at night.

Sleep deprivation is known for it's antidepressant qualities.

Check out this link on circadian rhythms and moods
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