I take clonidine to manage both my anxiety and my insomnia, unfortunately, I haven't been able to get a refill on it so for the past week or so I've been feeling the effects of not taking it.
The effects started a couple of days ago when it felt like my veins were being shocked. Clonidine is a blood pressure pill so I thought maybe it was my blood pressure going up, turns out my blood pressure was fine. Thankfully, my anxiety has died down considerably since I started taking clonidine so I haven't been feeling anxious.
But then there's the sleep or lack thereof. Since I was a toddler I've been taking sleeping medicine to sleep, for the most part, I've had to change medication since I become immune to them. I haven't grown immune to clonidine, but I've wanted to stop taking sleep medications since I wouldn't say they induce natural sleep (it's more like being drugged), so at first, I was kind of happy since I thought I could wean myself off of clonidine.
Boy, I was wrong, after a couple of days (around the same time I was feeling that shock feel), I started to lose sleep. I'm staying up until 6-8 a.m and only falling asleep due to exhaustion, I usually wake up at 2 p.m and even then, I have to forcefully get myself out of bed. Yesterday I woke up at 4 p.m and today I took melatonin to see if it would work. Since I'm writing this at 4 a.m you can tell it didn't work.
Listen, before you think about taking any medication for sleep, look for other options. I'm not a huge believer in herbal medicine, but try drinking chamomile tea before you go to bed, or try sleep therapy. Sleeping pills (or any prescription drug for that matter) can be addicting, and once you get addicted, it's hard to stop.