A few weeks ago my doctor prescribed a new medication to aide with my depression and lack of motivation. This medication would help “bump” up the effectiveness of my current depression and anxiety medication. It is working wonders on my motivation and energy (energy when I get enough sleep). However, one of the side effects is insomnia. My psychiatrist warned me but said to take melatonin. I was already taking melatonin. EVERY night I wake up between 1 and 3 and stay awake for hours before being able to fall back asleep. Monday – Thursday I wake up for work between 5:15 and 5:45 (depending if I exercise). This week, since my sleep has been between 4 and 5 hours, I opted to sleep the extra 30 minutes in the morning. Last night was the first night I got 7 hours of sleep (despite waking up for a bit of time around 2 am).
Today I have my virtual follow-up appointment. I hope she has a better suggestion than melatonin for the future. I want to stay on this medication but need my sleep. I was already a poor sleeper and I am getting worse. I hope I have not inherited my father’s curse of insomnia!