Originally Posted by Crazyforinfo
I have tried cleaning my heart out to tire me out.
Would you like to come over to my place?
But seriously... I have the same problem. The past few nights, it's been 3:00 or 3:30 before I got to bed! And the next day, of course, I'm worthless. So I know whereof you speak.
Trixie's right that you should let a doctor rule out physical causes. You could have a thyroid condition or any number of other issues going on. But if it turns out you're okay (and I certainly hope it does!), the only thing that helps me get back on schedule, at least for awhile, is forcing myself to get up earlier. It takes a few days, but if you set an alarm and go ahead and get up earlier than you have to, your body realizes it had better get some sleep earlier in the night, if you're going to drag it out of bed at the crack of dawn!
Of course, you have to be in
bed at a reasonable hour, even if you're still awake. Reading really helps me fall asleep, and keeps the trying-to-go-to-sleep time from being a waste.
I prefer paperbacks for reading in bed -- lighter weight, easier to hold open while lying down.
Also, I went to Ikea and bought a $7 dimmer cord for my bedside lamp. That allows me to set the light just bright enough to read by, but dim enough that I can simply fall asleep and not feel like I have to reach over and turn off the light first. That makes a big difference for me.
One other thing: if worries are any part of what's keeping you awake, try writing down everything you're concerned about, everything you have to do tomorrow or this week... and put it in your purse. That way you know you won't forget any of them -- and you're free to let go and let your mind relax. Good luck!