I too have been having big problems in the sleep arena. I will give you some tips that particularly work for me since my sleeplessness is more manic induced then not.
1. Try soothing music very soft or a fan. Sometimes the light noise of the fan is relaxing.
2. Try a boring book or television show. Some peeps swear by it.
3. They say don't exercise, drink caffeine a certain amount of time prior to going to bed as they will actually pump you up rather then allowing sleep to come.
4. Keep to a sleep schedule of going to bed and getting up the same time regardless of how tired or not tired you are.
5. Try a lavender sachet. I hear beneath the pillow that the scent is relaxing and is suppose to help with tea.
6. Try hot tea I can't remember which one but they got sleepy little bears on the box. I hope that helps I want to say chamomille but not sure on that one.
7. Try getting exercise during the day so that at night you are ready to go to sleep.
8. If you find that you can't sleep period no matter what you do then don't fight it and stay in bed. Your body gets to view the bed as fight time and it can acutally make going to sleep harder. Also try soft lighting instead of the bright lights for bedrooms. The brightness for some can simulate sunshine to an extent and actually make you feel wide awake.
9. For some avoid the netting late at night lets the mind simmer down from the day's activities or stresses. By reading what others have been up to or feeling we might get involved causing the mind to work overtime making us feel wide awake. So perhaps limit the time you might be on and if you go to bed at let's say ten o'clock then maybe by eight shut it off. That way the mind has time to unwind.
I hope some of these suggestions might be helpful for you. Last resort is Tylenol Pm or the generic. I would suggest only use if you can get eight hours or so of sleep and not to take more then the recommended dose.
Have you tried any meds? Acupressure? Hebal remedies?
I too am a total insomniac...have been for quite a while now. I typically go through my day on 2-4 hours of sleep, and even less since I've been in the hospital.
Anyway, I know Valarian root capsules help a lot of people with insomnia. Also, there are some acupressure points on the wrists, that is used to treat insomnia. One, is on the same side as your pinky finger, right at the wrist crease. (This is called the Spirit Gate) The other point is the Inner Gate, and is about two, two and a half finger widths down from the wrist crease, right in the middle, on the inside of the forearm. These are both good to calm a "racy" heart, help with anxiety, and good at helping with sleep, plus it's easy to do on yourself. I'm not sure if your into this type of stuff, just a thought though.
I've tried several OTC medications, but I had to be careful, as up until recently, I had a nursing baby. But a lot of people have sworn by just the simple Tylenol PM. I'm currently givin Rozerem, but it hasn't actually helped with the sleep, just makes me a little loopy feeling.
Good luck, It really is no fun, when you can't sleep, but the world around you sleeps!
Guess I have to live with it. I've tried all..........except the pressure points will give that a try tonight.
I do take REstoril 30mg (prescribed by my shrink) It can get me 3 hours on a good night. Then I manage to go back & "doze for another hour or two. When on arcotic pain pills my doc sent me to a sleep center...........I wasn't getting any REM sleep. The med they prescribed was full of dangerous side effects and didn't help by much. After my OD all that was discontinued and I thought there might be some hope off all those meds. Guess not.