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12/19/2008 - Night Terrors

Dec 19, 2008 - 1 comments
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Night Terrors

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Ever since I've started taking Risperidone, I've had a pleasant reprieve from the night terrors that used to haunt my sleep. The last few nights, however, have been filled with angry thoughts, traumatic night terrors and a sense that I'm re-experiencing past traumas. I'm not getting restful sleep, and it's getting to the point that I'm afraid to go to bed.

The good news is that I've at least gotten into a good sleep pattern, thanks to my SleepTracker watch - which I would highly recommend to anyone (see http://www.sleeptracker.com/ for more info). I'm going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up about the same time everyday. The SleepTracker watch has really helped me develop some good sleep habits.

One of the benefits of the SleepTracker is that it tracks sleep cycles and keeps a record of moments during the night for which you are almost awake. The records for the past few nights show significant sleep disturbances.

I'm worried that the Risperidone has stopped working. As soon as I lay down in bed I'm filled with angry, hateful, thoughts that I can't seem to get rid of. When I finally do get to sleep, I begin to have vivid nightmares and flashbacks to previous trauma.

I'm going to discuss this with my therapist today to see what she thinks may be going on. I'll post an update later on.

Sean

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by mrspace24, Dec 19, 2008
I know that I don't know you, but I feel for you.  My husband suffers from PTSD and night terrors also. He was in the service up until a year and a half ago.  We asked for help from the VA hospital but they didn't do anything.  I don't have any answers for you, but it seems like you're doing what you need to, to get better.  Good luck to you.  Right now my husband and I just try to take it one day at a time.  His sleep patterns are strange.  We go to bed at the same time every night.  He has terrible night terrors and flashbacks for the first 5 hours usually.  Then he wakes up and takes a shower, comes back to bed and sleeps in until 10am.  He works evenings so it's okay. But it's just not healthy.  They have gotten a little better over the last few years.  They don't happen every single night, just every few nights.  But still. Good luck to you.  You're in my prayers.

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