Wide Awake Or Sound Asleep: The Side Effects Of Medication
As I have said in a previous blog post, I have many medications which are prescribed to me by a psychiatrist who I’ve seen for several years. One of these medicines, in particular, helps me to remain calm throughout the day. One of the side effects of this medicine is that I get extremely sleepy. Since this medicine is taken at night and lasts through the next morning, I have a hard time waking up. I know that I’m a teenager and that many teens don’t like to wake up. I’m not like this; I cannot get up in the mornings because I’m still so tired from my medicine. Not only does this cause problematic issues, but it can also become a very dangerous safety concern. By not being able to wake up in the morning, a few problematic issues arise. The main issue that arises from not being able to wake up is that I don't have enough time to get ready for school. This leads to either missing carpool or being too rushed in the morning (which is when I’m prone to forget to take my medicine). So, my parents came up with an idea. They bought me a “Sound Boom” alarm clock with a one hundred thirteen decibel alarm. If you don’t know how loud this is, let’s just say that it’s fire engine siren loud. It blares every morning and I have to get out of bed to turn it off. The alarm also vibrates under my pillow. The problem is, I don’t even wake up to it! My parents have run out of ideas! Additionally, by not being able to wake up in the morning, I could end up putting myself in danger. About a year and a half ago, my mom accidentally set off my house security alarm while I was asleep. This alarm is so loud that the neighbors could hear it! The thing was, I slept right through it! Similarly, approximately six months ago, my parents were testing out the house smoke detectors. And you guessed it, I still slept through it. This in itself is a safety issue. I am worried that if there was an actual emergency, I would not hear the alarm to alert me to the danger. This whole situation is one big dilemma: I need the medication to help me stay calm so I don’t lose my temper, but there’s this negative side effect. If I take it earlier in the evening, I get too sleepy while doing homework at night. My parents have tried over the years to help me wake up and have always been there to make sure I get out of bed. Now, they are turning that responsibility over to me. They told me that in a few years when I go off to college, and later in the workforce, they won’t be there for me every single morning to wake me up. Thinking about this now, I have to completely agree. My goal is to be able to live a life as an adult where I won’t need support of others throughout the day. I have to start somewhere! If you have any ideas, please comment below or email me. I’d really appreciate it!
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