View Full Version : Stattera, fatigue and insomnia

01-13-17, 12:00 AM
I started Strattera summer 2015, tapering up to full dose of 80 mg by late fall same year.

The last few months, which would be a year after I reached the target dose, I have been feeling extremely tired when I'm supposed to be awake, but unable to sleep when I'm supposed to sleep - no matter how little I've slept for days on end.

I know some take it before bed - but if I take it too close to bed, my insomnia gets even worse. I can't relax at all and feel jittery, like my entire body has restless leg syndrome.

Am I right in thinking the Strattera could be the cause? I usually do get winter depression, but this feels very different. There's no sadness or lack of wanting to do things. I want to do what I usually do, I just don't have the energy.

I should mention that I've had severe sleep problems my entire life, for no ascertainable reason. A sleep specialist said it might be because my internal clock is up around 28-30 hours per day in stead of the average 23-25, so a normal day simply doesn't tire me out enough to sleep on a 'normal' schedule.
ADHD doesn't help with this as my mind won't shut off. The meds have helped the obsessive, unbreakable thought-circles, but my sleep quality is still awful. I take melatonin but I can still take hours to fall asleep and usually wake up at least five times per night.

I'm seeing my doctor on Monday, but I don't know if she can help me. I was diagnosed and had my meds changed by a psychiatry department. I don't know if they'll accept a referral for adjusting my meds, but I hope so and it would only make sense that they would.

I can get so sick and tired of all this hoopla with meds and problems and this and that all the damn time.

01-13-17, 07:02 AM
What is your bedtime routine and sleep hygiene like?

01-14-17, 05:47 PM
I don't have the best set schedule, but I go to bed and get up pretty much the same time every day. I do have a set bedtime routine. Turn off computer, take out dishes, brush teeth, make dog food ready, walk dogs, feed dogs in the bedroom and get into bed. I usually read either the news or something on my phone (using f.lux) or a book before turning off the lights and trying to sleep.
I don't take the melatonin until I know I'm close to turning off the lights - I take them with me into the bedroom in a small pill bottle with a small glass of milk.

If I feel asleep consistently and didn't wake up so much, I could manage a routine much better. I know that from when I was in a group home where we were woken up every morning no matter what. I had to get up, so I had to go to bed. I didn't always sleep, but I did better than I do now. But that was 14 years ago and my sleep has only gotten worse since then.