So I’ve had trouble sleeping for 20+ years. I’ve tried improving my sleep hygiene and exercise, which i mostly adhere to but it only helps a little.
It’s primarily been trouble getting to sleep. It didn’t get really bad until about 1.5 years ago. Doc gave me trazodone (50-100mg) which helped a lot... on followup she suggested i try an ssri like lexapro for anxiety (which i guess i have- i do worry about a lot of stuff that i really shouldn’t).
I put off taking lexapro for the last 1.5 years. I’d take trazodone maybe once per week on average although if i was really stressed maybe up to 3 times per week. It makes me pretty groggy the next day so i dont like taking it.
A few months ago the anxiety symptoms got worse. I would be able to fall asleep just fine, but I started waking up 2-3 hrs before my alarm on occasion. This would last for a few days up to 1.5 weeks then I’d be better... but then something would stress me out and the sleep problems would return. I tried taking trazodone or ambien cr but I’d still wake up after 4 - 5 hrs.
So 2.5 weeks ago i decided to try lexapro. I started at 2.5 mg and tapered up to 10 mg. I’ve now been on 10 mg (taken in the morning) for 1 week. Ever since i started the lexapro I’ve been waking up 2-3 hours before my alarm. I can fall asleep just fine.
For the first 2 weeks i was on vacation from work so i could usually get back to sleep after 1-2 hrs and sleep in and feel rested. But I’m back to work this week and not able to sleep in, so i feel exhausted. To make things worse, my doc moved to a different state 1 week ago. So I’m in the process of trying to get setup with who’s taking over for her.
I guess I’m posting for any advice... do you think my sleep issues have been worsened from the lexapro? Should i hold course and hope the lexapro helps? Has anyone with similar symptoms been helped by lexapro?