Another day, another problem....this time it's my chronic sleeplessness. Plus the resulting zombie-fication during the day.
Here's the picture - I have been on prednisolone since April, slowly tapering down to 8.5mg, but have been finding it increasingly difficult to sleep. During the day, I am permanently zombified - I can hardly get out of my chair and find even normal conversation draining .
The "interesting" thing is that throughout the night I keep dropping off, experience about 10 minutes of dreaming, and then wake with a start with a racing heart and wave of nausea. After about 30 minutes, the unpleasant feelings ease and I begin to nod off again. I drift into a short dream - and again wake suddenly, heart racing and nauseous. This goes on ALL NIGHT LONG. It as if each time I start to begin the transition from dreaming sleep to deep sleep, some automatic process trips off the "cortisol awakening response" and shocks me awake again.
On a typical night, adding it all together, I might get 2 hours of dreaming sleep - but this is obviously repeatedly broken - and virtually no deep sleep.
Is this familiar to anyone? Any thoughts or ideas for breaking the cycle?
(I have tried zopiclone, with little effect. I also take a B blocker, btw)