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.
Beth - Wishing you a restful sleep tonight
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