mirtazapine or black out blind for sleep

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have been on mirtazapine for years (15mg) and 30 at times i stick with 15mg because higher give me bad side effect next day but 15mg only give me 4-5 hours sleep and ive never slept properly all my life. in desperation i wondered if the bedroom was completely black i would sleep any better so last week i bought and put up a blackout blind i got off ebay. wow what a difference 8 hours sleep every night, such a simple thing has changed my life. if you can't sleep and you take mirtazapine for sleep it worth trying a black out blind, i'm going to cut down my tablet soon if i keep sleeping like this . "sorry but just need to tell everyone" i'm so delighted i can sleep it a pleasure to go to bed now

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    Fantastic! I have eye mask, because I read that just a small amount of daylight leakage can impact our sleep. It effects either cortisol or melatonin production, I cannot remember which. It's funny because I have blackout blinds in my bedroom but they only go down to the windowsill. So light leaks underneath and I have often found this waking me up in the morning!

    They recommend making your sleep area a warm and cosy place, so you can sleep better and start associating it as a 'good' place and not a 'negative' place.

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      hi Johnnyboy

      the eye mask is a  really good idea as well.  i have rolled the blackout blind the other way around the roller  at the top so it fits tight up to the window frame. that was a suggestion someone gave me to block more light out, and it works really well

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      Yeah good idea. One thing with the eye mask is you need to get a comfy one. I've had some that irritate. Also, it can take a week or two to get used to. I remember the first few nights, I kept taking it off in my sleep. I also dreamt I couldn't take it off. Completely used to it now smile

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    Dear Chris so delighted to hear about the success of the blackout blinds! I also take Mirt 15mg and when I couldn’t sleep it was suggested that I might try using essential oil of lavender, 3 drops on my hands and I breathe in the fragrance for about 10minutes. I was VERY sceptical that it would make any difference but it did! If I don’t use it I don’t sleep very well. Thanks for the tip!
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      Hi Barbara, thank for your reply i will certainly give the lavender a go  i'm so happy with things now i'm getting some sleep, take care chris

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