According to my old personal blogs (anyone remember Xanga?) my first day on Modafinil was December 1, 2012. It’s been over 3 years now but I still remember my first day so clearly. I thought I’d been cured! Most unfortunately, the pills no longer work as well in fighting off the sleepiness that is Idiopathic Hypersomnia, but I can get a glimmer of that same hope the first day I start taking it again after a “medication vacation.”
My first day on Modafinil
Originally posted December 2, 2012
So the sleep dr. didn’t diagnose me with narcolepsy because during some of the tests, I didn’t fall asleep quite fast enough. He did acknowledge that anxiety does get in the way (how could it not?! You’re watching me while I sleep with too many electrodes attached to me to even count!) but because the test results didn’t fall within the right ranges, I’m not “narcoleptic.” I do, however, have the sleepiness of narcolepsy, so he prescribed me with the narcolepsy medications.
Yesterday was Day 1. I was warned of the possible side effects and, true enough, I did have quite the headache for awhile, but the sleepy fog seemed to have lifted. By my lunchtime dosage, the headache was gone, and the sleepiness still hadn’t returned.
This might sound strange, but it is no exaggeration when I say that for the first time in my life, I lasted an entire day without having to fight the irresistible urge to nap, without feeling sleepy at all and without having to take a nap break midway through the day! Unbelievably, I was up from 9:30 am and worked non-stop (groceries, pharmacy, running errands, cooking, cleaning, working on my project and starting WORK work) until 3:30 am! I don’t think I’ve ever been up for that stretch of time (at least, definitely not without caffeine which, I’ve been told I am to stay away from).
I wonder how much more productive I will be without the long mid-day naps I needed and how much better it’ll be at work now that I can actually focus on work instead of trying to fight off sleep!