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Unable to stay ona sleep schedule
janng1962 posted:
I am unable to stay on a sleep schedule, I can sleep normally for a few weeks then eventually something disrupts it, insomnia, soemthing going on at the house and the list goes on. . I take two months to recycle through the daytime sleep to get back to night time sleep. I do have sleep since 2001 and actively using my cpap. This was going on long before I had a sleep apnea. I been treated over time in different ways nothing seems to stick. I am 51 years old and I use to be able to deal with this but not any more. I recently taken Lamictal to get to sleep and that was a bust they switched me on Risperdal and while it worked it caused some side effects that were not healthy to me. me want to kill myself. No I am not bi polar.. This is the one area I cannot seem to find normalcy in is sleep. I am unsure where and what to do..can't take Ambien causes me to sleep walk and the last time I did that I took all my pills while sleeping.
RodCarty responded:
There are many variations in the way a sleep disorder can cause a person to become out of sync with a regular 24 hour sleep cycle. Mine was a relatively mild 25 hour cycle, so I would be out of sync one hour later every day. Others I have recently read about would go as long as 3 days before they would sleep, and then they would sleep 12 to 18 hours. Of course all of these cases disrupt one's ability to keep a regular job with shorting themselves even further on sleep.

I have have a sleep disorder for 20 years now, and all of the things I did to manage it at best helped slow down the progression of the disorder. What I finally found to provide real help is glutathione. It is a health supplement, not a prescription drug. It is intended to promote healthy cell activity, but in many cases it also helped promote better sleep. This is why a friend suggested it to me, not because it was known to help alleviate sleep disorders, but merely to help promote sleep in otherwise healthy people. I was desperate enough to try it, and after only a few days I could tell that my sleep was deeper and longer. It will take awhile I expect for my body to recover from 20 years of sleep deprivation but after 6 months of taking the pills every day I know I am finally on my way to recovery.

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