June, I have that problem, too. I had asked my primary care doc for Ambien, but she refused. She does not want to prescribe any type of sleep med due to my (very distant) drug history. I really should ask my hepatologist for something...but I don't see her for 4 mos. Anyway, I am just up very late--usually to 3 AM or later--and then sleep until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. I can't get much done in the daytime that's left to me, and nothing at night. I do take Flexeril (a muscle relaxant) to help me sleep, and was also prescribed Paxil for sleep--but it makes me gain weight, and over time it makes me too groggy the next day.
So I have no solution for you. I'm sure you've tried the dark bedroom, nothing active or upsetting prior to bed, no TV in bedroom, etc.
If you come up with a solution, please post for your fellow insomniacs.
Benadryl does nothing for me, either. I literally laugh when they bring that to me in the hospital, and tell them to take it back...it's wasted on me.
June, that was very sweet of you to think of us at the chapel.
Kids that age wear me out just looking at them...they are so energetic! My youngest g'daughter was born the year prior to my hep C diagnosis. I didn't keep her often overnight, but when I did she absolutely did me in. When she got a little older, it was okay as she could entertain herself. I read to her from the time she was a baby, as I did with my daughter and other grandkids. They all became proficient readers and also read for pleasure. I was reading before I started first grade (no kindergarten back then), as did my daughter and grandkids...before kindergarten for them.
I use Benadryl for my sinus allergies occasionally. It dries up my nose, but I have no side effects from it at all.