Amphetamines are prescription drugs primarily prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Common amphetamines prescribed include Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse. Amphetamines work to speed up brain activity. As a result, the user experiences improved concentration, impulse control, and decision-making ability. With the dopamine release activity caused by amphetamine use, individuals can experience sleep disturbances because their brain chemistry has been stimulated and over-active, making it difficult to fall asleep. As the intent of amphetamine use is to heighten energy levels and alertness, it certainly is not favorable when a person is ready to fall asleep.
With prescribed short-term use, amphetamines can be beneficial. However, if they are misused, abused, or taken long-term, they can cause serious problems and sleep disorders. Initially, amphetamines cause a reduction in the sensation of fatigue. Therefore, users don’t mind the lag it takes to fall asleep or become tired enough to fall asleep. However, sleep is essential for healthy functioning, and problems like insomnia can develop. Insomnia is the condition of habitual sleeplessness or the inability to sleep. Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep can cause restlessness, anxiety, psychosis, hallucinations, mental fatigue, depression, severe mood swings, and behavioral problems.
How Amphetamine Use Can Cause Sleep Disorders
Individuals who have heavily abused amphetamines or used the drugs for extended periods of time can also experience sleep disorders and difficulties when attempting to quit using the drug or even cut back. As users have become accustomed to the effects of the amphetamine, they may experience withdrawal when cutting back or ending use. Common withdrawal symptoms from amphetamine use include irritability, agitation, anxiety, and a major “come-down” effect where the user experiences intense fatigue and sleepiness. Amphetamine users are familiar with a boost in energy and alertness, and when the drug is out of their systems, they can experience a crash in energy levels and sleep for great lengths of time while still feeling like they cannot catch up on their sleep. Furthermore, withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, paranoid psychosis, and hallucinations can interfere with quality sleep and cause lucid dreams and suicidal ideation.
Amphetamine Addiction and Sleep Disorders
Long-term amphetamine use or abuse can also lead to addiction. Amphetamine addiction can be responsible for the development of a sleep disorder. The reason amphetamine use can develop into addiction is both physical and psychological. First, individuals can develop a chemical dependency on amphetamine. When amphetamine use ceases, the user experiences symptoms of withdrawal because the body has become so accustomed to the drug’s chemical presence that it has adapted to function with the drug. Without the drug, brain chemistry is off balance. Second, amphetamine is like speed. It makes a person feel energized, awake, and even powerful if taken long enough. Over time, individuals can develop a psychological dependence on the drug’s effects, meaning they have a continuous obsession with needing to use the drug and experience its effects. Obviously, an addiction and the compulsive use of amphetamine will keep a person awake, and sleep disorders like insomnia will result.
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