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Wake up feeling tired?

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Wake up feeling tired? Your antidepressants may be to blame. R. Robert Auger, a sleep researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has found links between taking serotonin reuptake inhibitors (more commonly known as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.) and REM behavior disorder.

REM behavior disorder describes when a person’s body does not become paralyzed during REM sleep, allowing them to act out their dreams. A relatively rare phenomenon affecting roughly 0.5% of the population, REM behavior disorder nearly always surfaced in men over 50 until recently. Now with antidepressants being subscribed for numerous health issues, this sleep disorder is beginning to show up in men, women, and children of all ages.

Scientists are beginning to believe that the chemicals in some antidepressants affect the neurochemicals in the brain that affect atonia. As of the present, the answer to this sleep disturbance can be easily fixed by switching to other antidepressants such as Wellbutrin that do not seem to affect the sleep cycle.