After six weeks on a new medication that is supposed to help with anxiety, depression, and even help with sleep I can say that, at best, I feel only marginally better. The medicine is Abilify, or in the generic from, aripiprazole. I suppose at least I do not feel weepy but I sleep still eludes me. I thought maybe that it would be an issue with sleep apnea so I started using my autopap machine again. Either I don’t need to use the machine or it is working amazingly well: this is the rub. Last night’s sleep AHI was only 0.7! That would be much better than expected for results.
The challenge is falling asleep. I was on Abilify years ago when I was driving a truck but a higher dose. I am currently only taking 5mg and I am a 6’4″ 280lb man. They say a more therapeutic dose is 3x what I am currently taking which would be 15mg. I hope it is the ne chemical mallet to help me fall asleep. Now falling asleep and staying asleep is the challenge. Despite this though, I don’t feel as depressed as I was 6 weeks ago. I suppose this is something.
It’s strange but I would really like a narcotic right now to help with sleep or even a benzodiazepine. I would love to be able to sleep through the night for 8 continuous hours. It is only 5:15 and I am falling asleep sitting in my chair but I know if I get up to walk to my bedroom to take a nap I’ll be awake again. I am not dehydrated but I am cold as hell and I don’t want to turn the heat on because I don’t want to stir up these two flies that I cannot seem to get rid of. Maybe the cold will do the trick for me.