Sleep Problems on Lithium

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For the last three days now I have woken up much earlier than usual and completely full of energy in a stable mood. I am attributing this to either the lithium or quetiapine. These meds have been great in helping me fall asleep at night, usually in a deep sleep within half an hour of closing my eyes which has been brilliant.

It’s the early waking that’s unusual. For example, I will go to bed at 11pm and wake up fresh as a daisy at 5am full of energy. I mean, I feel great when I wake up – I grab breakfast and have a coffee and wait for my day to start.

Then comes the midday doze! I am becoming increasingly lethargic around midday and tend to fall asleep for a good hour or so. As much as this is all good while am off work, it’s not really going to work for me when am back working.

Anyone else having similar sleep problems while taking lithium/quetiapine? I would love to hear from you and how you have dealt with it.

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