Alternative title: F*** sleeping, I'm going to daydream instead.
I am currently on a 5am-1pm sleep cycle, desperately trying to break out of it, but to no avail. For the past few weeks, I have been trying to go to sleep earlier, but I end up daydreaming until dawn instead.
To aid me in my quest for sleep, I have tried chamomile tea before bed, warm milk, a snack so I'm not hungry, cooling my room, changing the sheets, changing my pyjamas, setting regular hour for attempting sleep, getting up at the same time and having a warm bath before bed. I have also tried using the Music For Sleep CDs by Dr Jeffrey Thompson, with no effect other than to relieve some of the boredom of being awake in the wee hours of the morning.
On the chemicals front, I have tried non-prescription sleeping tablets valerian and Restavit. The valerian made no difference whatsoever. The Restavit helped for one night and then kept me awake the following night. I am considering attempting to procure some melatonin tablets, because a lot of people on the net have apparently had a lot of success with them. I have a pillow spray that can help if I'm on the cusp of getting tired, which I use whenever I feel like I could be tired with a little bit of a nudge in the right direction.
I suck at meditation. I get sucked into my daydreams after a few minutes of attempting to still my mind, which only makes getting to sleep that much harder. My boys are compelling, and very funny, but not conducive to sleep, unless they are sleeping, too. Doesn't happen often, they sleep when I'm in RL.
If anyone has any experience of such a stupid sleep cycle or would like to comment on the efficacy of melatonin tablets or would just like to put their two bobs worth on my current predicament out there, please feel free to leave a comment. I'm a bit of a comment-whore, I love getting feedback from people who are experiencing similar things to me and I get a warm, fuzzy feeling when people respond :)