Ooh, I used to be a crazy insomniac. Yes, by the tender age of 14, I endured regular sleepless nights that would leave me in a zombie-like state for days at a time. I tried everything. Warm milk before bed (yuck), listening to the radio, counting sheep, meditation, singing…(The Sound of Music at 3a in my parent’s basement…).
I tried Ambien, but it made me feel crazy. I tried alcohol before bed, but it made me wake up in the night thirsty (and, occasionally, the next morning with a headache).
In the last year, I finally found something that works for me: Daily exercise, no caffeine after 3p, and going to bed/waking up at the same time every day.
I still have the occasional rough night of sleep, and most of my friends are the same way. If you’re a bad sleeper, check out the BBC’s Sleep Profiler. Maybe you’ll learn something new to help you, or maybe you’ll just be reminded of good habits to help you out.
Either way, I’m sending you thoughts of Zzzzzs.