I've had that problem over the years as well. It's not as bad as it used to be for me. The frustration of not being able to sleep at night, only to
fall asleep when the sun rises and then only for about 3 or 4 hours at most. Yeah, been there, it sucks pretty bad too.
You mentioned you're a vet. Any chances PTSD may be bugging you? Milder forms do have symptoms like you are describing. That's what I was finally
diagnosed with. None of the OTC sleep aids helped me, nor presciption ones. What I found that helped were several things,
1)staying away from alcohol altogether, it messes with my sleep cycle BIG TIME,
2)eat breakfast, hungry or not.
3)avoid all forms of caffeine.
4)exercise, earlier than 2 in the afternoon. hard. push hard, then harder
5)the sleep schedule recommended above, live it.
6)find your God or whatever you want to call it. make peace with yourself.
7)dont isolate yourself, we are social creatures, interact.
Keep at it, even if you don't think you are sleeping, you are getting needed rest. I bought one of those ZEO sleep brain pattern monitors to see if I
really was falling asleep or not, because I often felt like I hadn't slept a frickin' minute. Google it. Turns out, I was entering a different brain
wave pattern. Not the needed deep sleep I wanted, but it was rest. After wearing that thing for a few weeks, I got used to the idea that I was
sleeping whether I felt like I was or not.
Eventually, it got better. I don't know if I out-grew it (50+yo now), but it was worst in my twenties and thirties. I also don't live underneath the
traffic pattern at an airbase or in a hut at an airfield any more. The quiet of the Idaho mountains brought peace and quiet, albeit lonliness was
part of the package.
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