I’m another one of those people whose inner clock must be set to the daylight cycle of another planet, because apparently I’m running on a 26 hour day. Nice, eh? Thus, many troubles with insomnia, for my entire lifetime (since I was a baby, so my mother said).
I do use medication for it, which is only partially successful. I used to take Ambien, but that drug will eventually make you crazy. Right now, trying Lunesta, and it’s OK, but doesn’t prevent me from waking up in the middle of the night. Be careful with melatonin; if you’re prone to depression, it can make it worse. Chamomile tea might help you, though.
So here’s what’s worked for me:
–Go to bed and get up around the same time. You probably already do this, but resist the urge to sleep in more than an hour or two.
–Exercise every day, if only for half an hour.
–Try really hard not to eat too much before bed. Is there any way you can take your meds an hour before bed? 'Cause eating before bed not only contributes to insomnia but also to obesity.
–I love my white sound machine. Mine’s set on Rain, and I used it every night. I’ve become Pavlov’s Insomniac-- I hear that sound and instantly get sleepy, though years of associating it with bedtime.
–Take a hot shower. This only works in the winter, for me anyway.
–Follow a bedtime ritual. Mine’s very banal-- tooth flossing and brushing, face washing, hair combing and braiding, getting into pajamas, doing the relaxation thing, then turning on the sound machine, reading for 10 minutes, and poof! I’m out. I do it in the same order every night and it works.
Good luck to you. Sleep can happen. As someone who has suffered for decades, I can tell you I sleep better now than I ever have in my life due to the above techniques.