Opiate (Methadone) & Sleep Quality

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Re: Opiate (Methadone) & Sleep Quality

Postby Oozz » Fri May 31, 2019 2:08 am

Bronwen wrote:While I was using methadone for breakthroughs, along with a DA, my sleep was poor and made worse by the methadone.
When I switched to methadone alone my sleep improved immediately and dramatically. I was gobsmacked.
It was the DAs, as I had always suspected.


From my reading, both can cause issues with sleep architecture; however, experience has shown me that it is dependent on the person.

Other things that you might want to consider to improve sleep quality are meal timing, circadian rhythm (awake/sleep time), light exposure; and room/body temperature. Adjusting any of these factors can help improve sleep quality in the long run.

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Re: Opiate (Methadone) & Sleep Quality

Postby Bronwen » Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:22 pm

It was pramipexole, for many years, despite any benzos I gobbled in desperation.
At the time I commenced the drug, insomnia was listed prominently in the package insert as a 'common' neurological side effect - that appears to have disappeared.
I was severely sleep-deprived, and going more than a little bit mad. Life went out the window, completely.
When I piggy-backed methadone on pramipexole I had the 'alerting' effect and slept even less, but when I ditched the pramipexole (which I did overnight) I started sleeping through the night immediately. I am now able to sleep for eight or nine hours, which I have not done for decades.
I take 3mg methadone at about five in the evening, and another 3mg two hours later, in syrup form.

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Re: Opiate (Methadone) & Sleep Quality

Postby badnights » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:00 am

I would give up a lot to be able to sleep 8 hr a night.
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Re: Opiate (Methadone) & Sleep Quality

Postby Bridgercan » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:19 pm

badnights wrote:I would give up a lot to be able to sleep 8 hr a night.


OMG—so with you on that!

Reading this thread because I’ve an appointment this Tuesday with a specialist in San Diego and reading up on people’s experiences with methadone. My current cocktail is a DA (Neupro), oxy, and Horizant ER. I’ve been pretty stable without breakthroughs for a few weeks, but I’m torn about it. On the one hand, I want to get off DAs for good but on the other, I’m fearful if the doctor recommends methadone. I just have to wait and see what the doc recommends...

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Re: Opiate (Methadone) & Sleep Quality

Postby Bridgercan » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:18 pm

ViewsAskew wrote:Truly makes my mind a crazy place. Lucid dreaming, frequent awakenings, hot flashes and have to cool off before I can sleep, etc.


ViewsAskew-you describe me & and my head on any given night-with or without DAs or opioids :D

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Re: Opiate (Methadone) & Sleep Quality

Postby ViewsAskew » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:40 pm

Bridgercan wrote:
ViewsAskew wrote:Truly makes my mind a crazy place. Lucid dreaming, frequent awakenings, hot flashes and have to cool off before I can sleep, etc.


ViewsAskew-you describe me & and my head on any given night-with or without DAs or opioids :D


Yikes!!!!! My brain has always been pretty quiet in terms of unwanted thoughts. The songs that will NOT stop are maddening! I still remember one time I had 3 different songs all playing at the same time...so disconcerting!
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