Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ritalin as sedative...

...there's no joke buried in that title. I'm sitting here at my desk struggling to stay awake. About ten minutes ago I took my afternoon methylphenidate...and I cannot keep my eyes open.

On a day when I have gotten enough sleep, this would not be happening. But I haven't been getting enough sleep this week. Stimulants make my body relax, which normally helps me to focus because my attention isn't jagging around all over the joint with extra energy. But if I'm overly tired AND I take a stimulant, let the yawns begin. This would be great if I was anywhere near a bed.



  1. This happens to me. I have been wondering if there is a way to fix it. I guess the answer is more sleep. But, since I am up at 6:15 a.m. and the drugs seem to keep me awake (despite the sedating effect midcycle) really late into the night, I don't know how to resolve things.

  2. Maybe your doc can help you figure out a dosage adjustment? I don't actually have a problem with them keeping me up at maybe something's a little off in your dosage? They do affect people differently, it's a funny process figuring out what works.