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Posted by Todd ( on January 18, 2000 at 23:23:04:

In Reply to: What the %#@ posted by FREEk(ing) on January 18, 2000 at 13:51:27:

Please read my reply to Q's post entitled "Sleep
Strategies". Skip the first part if you're not up to it, but read the ending about chemical imbalances.

After reading the comment in the link Bill provided, I have started thinking about the possible connection between sleep deprivation -- chemical imbalances -- emotional state (read coping ability).

It's 11:20 p.m. and I'm affected only by the normal tiredness of a tough day (rather than a Cluster day), as I am still in remission, but I don't feel up to searching for more info on this tonight. I DO recall, somewhere in the dusty file bins of my memory, that there is a way to test chemical balance/imbalance. I believe it's used most often on those thought to be emotionally disturbed and/or children with ADD/hyperactivity type symptoms and (I think) women with problem and/or early 'menopausal' conditions. Certainly not your situation, but f*%k the social stigma--you hurt and you're having trouble dealing with the pain (perfectly understandable!).

Bear with me for a few....what if magnesium or some other supplements could stabilize and restore the chemical imbalance which MIGHT be caused by the sleep deprivation? Wouldn't solve the lack of sleep problem, but MIGHT help you cope with its effects better.

Just a thought with hopes of maybe helping.

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