Sleep troubles, and why I hate Trazodone.

Written on December 12th, 2011 by Edward

I went to the doctor the other day. I’ve been having alot of trouble sleeping lately. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep, but lately its gotten worse, and I’ve also been waking just a few hours after falling asleep. So the doctor prescribed some Trazodone to help me sleep.
I looked Trazodone up online, its apparently supposed to be an anti-depressant, but is also prescribed as a sleep aid for insomniacs. The list of possible negative side effects is astounding though. One of the main reported side effects is “nightmares”, and being as I love nightmares, I was pretty stoked about that one. The rest of the side effects sorta suck though.
Apparently “Priapsm” is also another common side effect, which is a bit terrifying. For those that don’t know, Priapism is when you get an erection that doesn’t go away (or lasts for more than 4 hours). Which results in you having to go to the emergency room, and have needles stuck into the side of your dick, so that the blood drains, and your erection goes away. Priapism if left untreated for too long, can result in impotence for life. Which is bit ironic really. Sorta like “god” is saying “Alright, this is your last hard on ever, so I’m gonna let it last a few hours and be painful…enjoy it.”

Anyways, I tried it the other night for the first time…and it is by far the most horrible medication I have ever taken. It didn’t really help me fall asleep any quicker than normal, but instead made me feel retarded for a good two hours before I was finally able to fall asleep.
They weren’t fucking around when they said it causes nightmares though. I had some of the most incredibly fucked up, lucid dreams I have ever had in my entire life last night. I basically spent the whole night stumbling through an endless abyss of terror. Waking every 2-3 hours, to go “Holy fuck…What the fuck was that shit?!” and then falling quickly back to sleep, only to wake again a couple hours later. The dreams themselves were semi-enjoyable in a weird way.
Like I said before, I enjoy night-mares. The traditional kind at least. I can have a dream where I’m traveling through the darkest pits of hell, demonsĀ eatingĀ the flesh directly off my bones, and sticking spikes through my eye lids…then wake up, realize it was a dream, and feel totally fine, and go back to sleep. Because, those are totally unrealistic things that have no grounding in reality. So it just doesn’t bother me. There’s no reason to be scared of a eight foot tall six headed bat that pisses fire, cause I’m pretty sure that doesn’t exist.

The thing that makes the trazodone horrible though, is pretty much Everything Else.
I woke this morning feeling like I’d spent the night being punched in the gut by a gorilla, while at the same time feeling like I’d been running for 2 hours straight. All my muscles ached like I’d exercised harder than I ever have in my life. My arms felt like they had 50 pound weights tied to them. My head felt like it was full of cotton. Plus my mouth tasted like a sweat soaked gym sock sitting in a pool of “water” at the bottom of a dumpster.

So it looks like I will be calling my doctor, to try and get a different Rx for something that doesn’t make me feel like a 90 year old man when I wake up. Though I do hope that whatever else I get prescribed, still gives me horrible night-mares, cause those were great.

— Edward

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