Sure, you're lying in bed, tired and yet wide awake. You have tried several things such as structuring your sleep, exercising and prescriptions but nothing seems to work.
I can't help noticing all the things you have tried are external to yourself. So perhaps you might think of listening to yourself rather than controlling yourself by external means.
It seems to me you have learnt self control very well and are quite unwilling to give it up for periods of time. After all, when you go to sleep, you are no longer in control, you surrender to your unconscious. And hey, it looks after you quite well.
But you don't want to go to sleep and you don't know why. And you don't want to find out - you don't know how to find out.
So you just keep digging a deeper hole by external means when the answer may well be inside you.
But my guess is you don't want to know.
I'll excuse the patronizing response as a genuine offer to help - so thanks for that . I disagree with your premature diagnosis, however. You seem to think that I (and others in the thread that have mentioned having sleep trouble) have some sort of internal conflict that's eating me up, that I'm refusing to acknowledge it. Not the case, as far as I can tell - and I do reflect, meditate and think on such things. I do want to go to sleep. I love sleeping, dreaming, and all that comes along with it. No control issues associated with it. Do I have a little too much stress in my life? Probably, and it's likely a large contributor to my sleep trouble. But it centers around things that I'm not in a position to change at the moment, so I'm doing what I can.
I think that you're ignoring the possibility that lack of sleep can be due to many things - things that include physical conditions, neurological imbalances, lack of hormones etc. (note that none of these are psychological, another possibility). Are there cases where your whole "you've got some internal issue and are too weak, ignorant, and aggressively self-denying to deal with it, so listen to me, I have all the answers" idea might be correct? Sure, why not? But assuming that it's a major reason for sleep-deprivation in everyone seems a bit... well, short-sighted at best.
Such things are often complex, as those of us who've struggled with them well know. We just do the best we can. Again, thanks for your suggestions and attempts to help - it *is* appreciated. But your bedside manner could use a little work .
Okay, let me be more specific. What I mean is that after working a twelve-hour day - when I should be sleepy - I can fall asleep, but I either dream in a crazy way and keep waking up OR I wake up at like four a.m.
Can anyone relate?
Yes. I went through months when I fell asleep easily but always woke up really early and could not go back to sleep. Depression is one cause. So is stress. Sleeping pills were useless. I had to fix what was bothering me. Until you get rid of the reason you are stressed you may not be guaranteed some good sleep. (assuming you're not bipolar)
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