6 thoughts on “We ask the question … because we can!!!

  1. I’ll go through days where I don’t sleep at all, then I go days that all I do is sleep… my PDoc actually had to put me on sleeping pills so I would sleep, so I no longer go days without sleep, but I definetely still experience the days where I do nothing but sleep!!!

  2. Getting regular sleep is very important! I used to keep track of hours slept on my mood chart and if I strayed away from 7.5 hours, my doctor would have a canary. Having depression makes that difficult, of course, because you want to sleep all the time. Having a manic episode is even worse because you cannot sleep at all.

    In the end, treatment boils down to one word: balance. And it’s your job to make sure you control the things that are controllable: sleeping habits, eating habits, taking meds, calling the doctor, thinking about happy things, etc.

  3. I sleep around 5 ‘normally’, about 0-2 if I’m manic, longest stretch without sleep 96 hours, then anything from 12 upward when I’m depressed. If I’m having a mixed state episode I can go to sleep for an hour then get up and that’s it for the night.

  4. Wow, what a loaded question because sleep has been my one major problem. While I was on medication, specifically Seroqel (700mg XR) I was totally stoned and couldn’t stay awake. I would sleep for 12 – 18 hours a day. This went on for two years. I couldn’t function let alone work. I didn’t realize just how stoned I was until I took myself off of it completely in June. Once it got out of my system I now have the opposite problem. I stay awake for 24-36 hours at a time. Then when I do sleep, it’s for 12 – 18 hours strait. (catch-up?)
    I have experimented with medication. I will once in awhile take seroquel XR just to prove it is the problem and sure enough it knocks me out for 12-18 hours everytime I take it so I do know for a fact that it makes me unfunctionable.
    As you can imagine, this issue has completely taken over my life. I can’t function. Work. socialize. Hell I can’t even keep appointments. I’ve lost all my friends. I’ve lost my life.
    I do have to admit that right now I’m going through a severe depression so to be honest, I don’t really care anymore that I dont’ have a life. I’ve given up caring. So I just exist. I’m so sick of trying to hide this sleeping issue I have from everyone. I know they will all just think I’m a lazy cow.
    I have always had sleeping problems. My marriage fell apart due to my illness and the fact that my very busy ex was totally frustrated that I could never get out of bed or when i was out of bed, didn’t want to do anything. I resented his energy & motivation and gradually grew to hate him. We have been divorced for 10 yrs. But at the expense of my children. I lost custody of my 2 daughters (now 16 & 20) because of my behaviour.
    I think after having problems with sleep all of my adult life (over 30 years) I really can’t see me changing now. That is a very discouraging thought.

  5. I go through phrases where I sleep hours on end and also take a couple of naps a day and then other times I just can’t sleep and am lucky to get four hours a night. I can normally tell what my mood will be before it happens because my sleep will change for a couple of days first.

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