56. 2010: more sleep logs

16 August 2010 at 09:41 | Posted in Circadian rhythm | 5 Comments
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Uploading more sleep logs here, last half of 2010.   It’s looking like Irregular sleep-wake disorder which usually occurs after brain injury or in dement elderly.   I don’t seriously mean that I’ve earned that diagnosis and would rather blame the schedule on medication changes, the too-warm weather or something unidentified.

Sleep diary

Twice in this period (above) I’ve done my “36-hour trick”, that is stayed up for about 36 hours.  These just happen unplanned for some reason.   As a trial I’m using the expensive Circadin rather than the cheap melatonin for a while.   The effect is at least not negative, but not much else.  The hope was to get back to 8 uninterrupted hours a night.

More later!


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  1. Hi I have been reading through your blog and I think we have finally worked out what is wrong with my son, he has been “ill” for 3 years, he was diagnosed with CFS and end of last year restless legs.

    We have tried circadin but he says it doesn’t work, but he has taken it about an hour before he needs to go to sleep, is there a rough time for him to take it? Would a few more hours be better than just before?

  2. Sorry I’m so very, very late getting back to you.
    People with circadian rhythm disorders are all alike in several ways; we re-discover that regularly on the various online fora, not least in people’s exasperated rants. 🙂 But we are all different, too, not least in our reactions to the various “treatments” on offer. Regular melatonin for some has no effect at all, for some it causes nausea, for some a small amount 4-7 hours before bedtime encourages getting to bed earlier and for many, myself included, a small amount (less than 1 mg) an hour or so before usual bedtime makes us sleepy.
    When Circadin (2 mg, timed release) became available, I wanted to try it and my sleep specialist was eager to have people try it out. I took it every night for 42 days and felt nothing at all. So on me, regular melatonin has an effect while Circadin has none. Your (son’s) mileage may vary. I must admit my scepticism about timed release melatonin. Why timed release? Could it be because pharmaceutical companies can’t make any money on just plain melatonin? Actually, however, it is approved for people 55 and older and I seriously doubt that your son is that.
    It’s best, of course, to work together with a specialist who has a lot of experience with patients like us. They are few and far between. Best wishes, D

  3. Thank you for your reply, we saw his doctor on Tuesday and now wants to try 6mg circadin, I have thought it was odd that he has been given slow release as once he is asleep he doesn’t wake up (only occasional nights he has done it)
    We are due to see his specialist again next month, as I want his b12 tested and perhaps have b12 injections as I have heard that these can help (anything is worth a go to see if it will work)
    We are due to move house again in a few weeks as well lol

  4. Whether Circadin or “plain” melatonin may depend on what country you are in. Melatonin does not require a prescription in the USA and Canada but does in most other countries. Circadin is approved for use in (at least) the European Union.

  5. We are in the uk, so have to have a prescription for melatonin

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