I haven’t been here for a year!
I wouldn’t date to explain the reasons why I haven’t posted here, a combination of Stuart’s ill health; Sarah’s ill health; me breaking my right wrist, Stuart’s ill health (again)….you get the picture!
I just thought I’d do an update in the light of a revelation. We went to the GP to discuss Stuart’s poor sleep and hyper-activity whilst asleep. He doesn’t actually think he sleeps very much but he moves around, talks in his sleep and is one of the reasons why my sleep is so poor. Now the GP commented that he was on statins and suggested that he consider taking the tablet in the morning instead of at night. Now I, too, have been on statins for the last 3 years and I was told to take one a night. As Stuart drove away from the surgery I did a quick Google on my phone and found
“…… some statins – particularly the kind that get absorbed into the brain – can mess with sleep and provoke nightmares and insomnia. These statins include
Zocor, Lipitor, Mevacor, and Vytorin. ” (courtesy of WebMD)
The GP visit was just 6 days ago but, since then, I’ve swapped taking the Simvastatin, AKA Zocor, with my morning tablets and, apart from a couple of nights where my coughing was keeping me awake, I’m definitely sleeping longer and I have my Fitbit stats to confirm this!
When I was put on the statin (back when we still lived in Harrow so pre August 2016) nothing was mentioned about the possibility of it having an effect on sleep and, had I known, I might’ve asked for a statin with a different formulation. Of course, we take our GP’s word that they would tell you something of such import, don’t we? Sad to say, I did take her word and, in retrospect, wish I’d googled it and seen the Web MD article which is dated 19 November 2007 so not exactly leading edge in 2018!
The reason for this post is to say that, if you’re on medication and suffering from insomnia, you need to do some research to see if the meds you’re on might be counteracting each other. I have a GP appointment next month and I plan to ask whether I should still be taking statins. At my last appointment I was told that my bloods showed that, where I was once pre-diabetic, I was no longer pre-diabetic. Whilst the two are, as far as I know, unrelated, if I don’t need to be taking statins every day, then I’d rather not. However, I have to wait for the appointment later this month to discuss that!