By that I mean I don’t get restful sleep most of the time, and also I don’t get why sometimes, for reasons beyond me, I do.
I consider myself a hypersomniac, meaning I need (or at least I think I need) more sleep than I should/do. If I have to work the next day, I’m usually in bed by 10 pm, 11 at the latest, and I get up around 7:15 or 7:30 am. Once upon a time I used to drink a lot of coffee, but now I limit myself to one cup of coffee or tea when I get to work, and absolutely no more caffeine for the rest of the day. (That is, unless I don’t have to work the next day.) However, I do smoke like a chimney, and nicotine is a stimulant. I don’t have trouble falling asleep, because by 10 pm I’m pretty much tranquilized by my meds, but I do experience frequent early morning awakenings. However, I can fall back asleep quickly enough.
So usually when I wake up in the morning, I feel hung over from the sleep - my head’s all cloudy and I just want to go back to bed.
However, last night, I was in chat with my board crush until about 11, then took 50 mg trazodone to help me sleep. Once the trazodone kicked in, I got the munchies (side-effect) and got up to make myself some Tater Tots®. I ended up settling down to sleep around midnight.
I still had sleep disruptions, but woke up feeling great, and I still feel great. No clouds in my head. So what’s the deal? Anyone else had this inconsistency in terms of what their magic sleep formula is? I should add that I can have bad sleep whether I take trazodone or not.
The only thing I can think might have been different was that I had my bedroom window open for the first time in ages, since it was so warm last night.
Anyway, I’m not going to knock it, especially since I have the afternoon off. (Kick ass! :D)
I’m interested in others’ experiences.