I'm currently on Effexor for my anxiety and depression, and have been for a few months now. One of the major side effects of depression was sleeping all the time. I would sleep because life was boring, because I was trying to escape real life, etc.

Effexor has been fine for managing the depression and anxiety without too many side effects. The first few days I had some nausea and foods tasted funny, but that's long gone. If I forget to take it two days in a row I do get dizzy and weird feeling. However, I'm now getting a new side effect - I could sleep for 14 to 16 hours a day easy. A lot of times I nap after I get home from work, then I have trouble falling asleep at 10 or 11. Even if I do fall asleep right away, my body still doesn't seem satisfied with 8 hours of sleep. Or 10. Or 12.

I'm afraid to change medications because they could have even worse side effects. I clearly don't NEED the extra sleep, so I should be able to just make myself get up at a reasonable hour. I guess I have two questions -

1. Should I really go to my doctor and try to switch meds for such a minor side effect? Is this "minor" in your depression/anxiety med-experience?

2. What are your tricks for making yourself get out of bed in the morning when you don't technically need to be anywhere? I've never had a problem on days I have to be at appointments and get up at 2am or ridiculous things, but I work in a low-key salaried office so no one really cares when I get there.

(we generally go to bed around 10 because my husband leaves by 6am but I don't have to leave until 7:45 or so, and my husband will give me ALL the puppydog eyes if I don't go to bed at the same time as him, so really I should be getting up at 6am instead of sleeping until 8 and being later to work than I ought to)