My usual bedtime routine goes like this; I take my evening tablets:
Lamotrigine 150mg 1 twice daily Anti Epileptic
Levetiracetam 1.5g 1 twice daily Anti Epileptic
Pregabalin 100mg 1 twice daily Nerve Pain. Anxiety & Epilepsy
Atorvastatin 80mg 1 daily Heart
Betahistine 16mg 1 – 3 times daily Meniere’s
Mirtazapine 45mg I daily at night Antidepressant
Cinnarizine 15mg 2- 3 times daily Meniere’s
Risperidone 0.5mg 1 daily at night Antipsychotic
I then have to go to bed because about twenty minutes later, I’m unconscious.
I’ve not used the word sleep deliberately, as I don’t think I do sleep. I don’t dream, I don’t have any sense of being asleep, and I wake feeling rough every morning. The feeling is as if I’ve been sedated. I close my eyes, and I open them again to the morning, with nothing in between.
I use to take my evening tablets at 8 pm as this worked around the three times a day I have to take medication; 8-2-8. I’ve now moved the times to 9-3-9.
Although this works better for me to go to bed, it’s not great in the morning. My body seems to be craving for my first medication fix at the later time of 9.
I usually wake around 4:30 to 5, but there has been a change.
I’ve been cutting back on my medication over the last two years, and in the previous month, I have reduced Risperidone to half dose. This is the fourth week, and I see a significant change!
Over the last two years, I’ve used one app to track my sleep pattern. I’ve tried many and found this one to be most consistent.
Up until the last week, my daily sleep pattern, on average, looked like this.
This week it is looking like this.
I seem to have a sleep pattern. I’m going through a ninety-minute sleep cycle, which I believe is normal.
The question is, is it the reduction in the Risperidone the reason?
Please let me know if you have had any such finding with this drug?
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