Rachel Posted October 16, 2007 Report Share Posted October 16, 2007 Hello friends,Several months ago I had a sleep study and was diagnosed with Alpha-Delta Sleep (also known as alpha intrusions). When I sleep I have too much alpha wave activity, which leads to non-restorative sleelp. Basically, I'll be sleeping, but my brain waves are going as if I'm awake, yet I'm asleep. Has anyone else here been diagnosed with this? If so, have you found any sleep medications that improve your sleep, but don't interfere with your dysautonomia?I have tried: otc sleep aids, Klonopin, Seroquel, Sonata, Wellbutrin, Melatonin, and Trazadone. All of those meds help me to sleep, but the side effects are too much for me come morning. It takes too long for otc sleep aids and Klonopin to wear off; they leave me extra weak until the afternoon. Seroquel - well, that was the absolute worst I've ever tried! It left me so grogged out and feeling like I wasn't even me. I only took one dose at night, slept well, and come morning (and afternoon and evening) I was so out of it that I said, "Never again!" Sonata doesn't last long enough, but it does help if I wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning and can't get back to sleep. My sleep specialist said that Wellbutrin is the best med for alpha-delta sleep, but again, the side effects were too much for me. Wellbutrin is supposed to be taken during the day, but for 2 hours after taking the med I was oh-so-sleepy. Melatonin is what has worked best for me so far, but it's still not great. Trazadone is what we've been trying most recently. It helped me to get a better quality sleep (more than any previous medication), but after a while it made me feel very weak. I would wake up in the morning feeling like I had been doing squats and leg lifts all night long. My legs were weak, shaky, and felt like they would soon give out. We're going to try just a 1/4 tab of Trazadone to see if it helps enough, but doesn't give the extreme side effects. After this my doctor doesn't know what else to try. She said that traditional sleeping pills won't be good/won't work for me (I can't remember why). She said I'll probably just have to make some tough choices about which is the "lesser evil" to deal with - not enough sleep, enough sleep and sleepy side effects during the day, or good sleep and weakness during the day.Provigil was beneficial to me (and in combination with Melatonin it worked pretty well), but I've run out of the sample packs, and my insurance won't cover the med. So we're going to do another sleep study and MSLT to prove that I need it. Hopefully they'll agree. We'll see!If anyone has any tips about what to do with Alpha-Delta Sleep, I'd love to hear them. Thanks,Rachel Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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