Argh, I'm a little on the frustrated side right now, so I'm looking for some help.
I'm usually quite good at getting lots of sleep, I'm usually in bed at a decent hour in the night and can usually get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night (more on the weekends, of course), but for the last week or so, I've been having some trouble sleeping. A scattered night of sleeplessness can be expected from time to time, but it's been about 10 days now, that's a little excessive. I do all of my usual things during the day - classes, homework, chores, cooking, cleaning, errands - and I never nap during the day, I avoid all forms of caffeine after 5pm, and I always go to bed feeling like it's time for me to go to sleep, I'm usually tired at bedtime, but lately, it's been taking me forever to get to sleep. I go to bed at midnight, and I'm still looking at the clock at 4am. I was awake until 5am this morning.
I've had this trouble before. Last year, I spent 6 out of the 8 months I spent in here university trying to get rid of a nasty bout of insomnia. I was only sleeping about 4 hours a night, sometimes less, and no matter what I did, I could never sleep before 5am or 6am. I avoided caffeine completely, I never napped during the day, I would take some time to relax before bedtime, but I just couldn't sleep. It didn't resolve itself until I went home for the summer. I think that episode was caused by the stress of school compounded with the stress of a bad relationship and consequent breakup (my boyfriend had been cheating on me for months with my roommate, and after the breakup, they continued their relationship in the room next to mine - not what I needed). Once I got home and away from all of the stressors - no schoolwork, no ex-boyfriend, no backstabbing roommate, etc. - the sleep problems just disintegrated. I slept 16 hours my first night at home last April, it was great, and I haven't had any sleep problems since.
Until now, that is. And to make matters worse, I don't know what could be the problem this time. School is going well, I'm in a good relationship with a great guy who treats me very well (and my family likes him, too, so all the better), things are even going well at home, no arguments with my parents at all. I have lots of big plans for the summer, lots of travel planned, and I'm going home for a visit in a couple of weeks to spend some time with my parents and my new baby half-brother, things are going nice and smoothly. I can't think of anything that could be horribly wrong, everything seems to be working out quite well. I don't even have anything gnawing away at the back of my mind that I'm trying to ignore, my mind and conscience are clear. I just can't sleep.
So aside from figuring out what the hell is wrong with me this time around, does anyone out there have any tips for insomnia?? Anything tried and true methods of getting to sleep?? I've tried counting sheep, it doesn't help, it just makes me bored and then I lose count and just give up. I've tried getting up and doing something for a while, then going back to bed, but that never works, either. I've tried listening to some nice, quiet, relaxing music at bedtime, but that doesn't work. I've tried reading in bed, to help me relax, but it doesn't work. I've tried everything I can possible think of, so now I need some suggestions.
So, oh wise JWD posters, what do you recommend??