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Old 02-21-2019, 03:48 PM #1
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Default Lamictal and New Mattress

I saw this in another thread but I can't find it now.

Can Lamictal make it really difficult to get up in the morning? Since the dose was raised to 100mg (and since I got a new mattress), I've gotten up some days at 2 or 3 pm because I don't want to get out of bed. Luckily I haven't had to be anywhere.

I think the drug has an antidepressant effect in the daytime, but not when I'm half asleep in bed. I wake up and just don't feel motivated to get out of bed and I keep going back to sleep.

As the dose is raised even more, will this go away? Or is it the mattress.
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I've heard of people saying Lamictal made them tired, but it's never made me tired at all. I do take my 100 mg Lamictal in the morning, not night. I definitely don't think it makes me tired. In fact, it is more activating for me. I have always considered Lamictal more of an antidepressant for me, than a moodstabilizer.

If you continue to have hypersomnia at night, consider asking your psychiatrist what you might do. Would he/she consider moving your Lamictal to the morning, like when I take it?

I suppose an outstanding mattress could definitely improve/increase your sleep, but to 2 or 3 pm? That sounds unlikely, unless you're going to sleep at 3 am or later or have some other issue contributing. What time do you take your Lamictal at night? Could taking it a bit earlier at night help? Would your psychiatrist allow that?
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I take my Lamictal in the evening after dinner. Does not make me sleepy, I stay up pretty late most of the time.

I see you are new here, welcome!

Enjoy your new mattress.
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Default Re: Lamictal and New Mattress

This may sound puzzling given what I said before, but when I had been taking it at night it kept me up all night. I week or so ago I changed it to morning with no problem. My problem that I notice with Lamictal is an unusually depressive reluctance to get out of bed after numerous hours of sleep. But I'm not depressive once I'm awake since I started it.

I have to admit now I've had problems with the timing and duration of my sleep for 5-7 years now. I erratically stay up all night some nights and go right to sleep other nights and sleep all day some days. I've tried online CBT for insomnia and I re-started Trazodone last year. The online CBT didn't work, the Trazodone does work about 50% of nights. But it's not the Trazodone in the morning. Trazodone doesn't affect me when I wake up, I'm very familiar with Trazodone.
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A good sleep routine goes a long way towards meds working properly and the ability to get up in the morning. I would share mine with you but I do not want to hijack your thread.
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I'm so sorry you're struggling, Greencore I have never tried it, so unfortunately I don't have a lot of advice to give to you. Just remember that different meds have different effects on different people! These meds may or may not be the cause of your sleep problems. I'd suggest to talk to your Pdoc about this and see how it goes from there. Hopefully he/she will be able to help you. I hope you'll be able to find the right meds combination for easy. It won't be easy. It will take time. But it can be done! A mattress could definitely affect your sleep. I know it did for me. When I sleep in my grandparents' bed, I'm able to sleep a lot better. The difference could be up to an hour or so. Not a lot, but there's definitely a difference. I agree with what all the others have already wisely said better than i ever could. A good sleep schedule goes a long way. It could definitely help you with your sleep. Try to make one if you can. It could really help you. I's suggest to talk to your doctor about this and see how it goes from there. Hopefully he/she will be able to help you. He may help you to make a new sleep schedule for yourself. You've been given some great advice on this thread. I'd suggest to try to follow it if you can. Sleep is very important. It can definitely affect our MI. That's why it's important to try to sleep regularly, if we can. I'd suggest to try to keep an healthy lifestyle as well if you can. Eat well, keep yourself clean if you can. I'm so sorry, I know it's hard. Please don't give up. I hope things will get better soon for you. Remember that we're here for you if you need it. Feel fre to PM me anytime. Let me know if I can do something to help you. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this
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A good sleep routine goes a long way towards meds working properly and the ability to get up in the morning. I would share mine with you but I do not want to hijack your thread.
I had sleep hygiene repeated throughout my online CBT but I had trouble sticking to it. Maybe I'll start a new post somewhere about sleep problems.
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I'm so sorry you're struggling, Greencore I have never tried it, so unfortunately I don't have a lot of advice to give to you. Just remember that different meds have different effects on different people! These meds may or may not be the cause of your sleep problems. I'd suggest to talk to your Pdoc about this and see how it goes from there. Hopefully he/she will be able to help you. I hope you'll be able to find the right meds combination for easy. It won't be easy. It will take time. But it can be done! A mattress could definitely affect your sleep. I know it did for me. When I sleep in my grandparents' bed, I'm able to sleep a lot better. The difference could be up to an hour or so. Not a lot, but there's definitely a difference. I agree with what all the others have already wisely said better than i ever could. A good sleep schedule goes a long way. It could definitely help you with your sleep. Try to make one if you can. It could really help you. I's suggest to talk to your doctor about this and see how it goes from there. Hopefully he/she will be able to help you. He may help you to make a new sleep schedule for yourself. You've been given some great advice on this thread. I'd suggest to try to follow it if you can. Sleep is very important. It can definitely affect our MI. That's why it's important to try to sleep regularly, if we can. I'd suggest to try to keep an healthy lifestyle as well if you can. Eat well, keep yourself clean if you can. I'm so sorry, I know it's hard. Please don't give up. I hope things will get better soon for you. Remember that we're here for you if you need it. Feel fre to PM me anytime. Let me know if I can do something to help you. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this
The Lamictal experience overall is positive. My long-time sleep problems are much more problematic. I wish I could just go to sleep and wake up every night like a normal person. Maybe I'll create a new post somewhere about sleep problems.
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