I am SO sorry, Jendays. I have had sleep issues for most of my adult life -- except for some pretty healthy periods when I worked out and walked 3mi/day. But I went thru a phase where I could not sleep for more than 2 hours per nite for over 2 months. It was so very painful, that is why I am so sorry for you. That is the closest to the censored 'S' word I ever was.
Melatonin helped a little, but only when I was healthy. Benedryl when the problem is not severe. Valarian root and some of the others did not help me at all. I feel like the problem goes so much deeper than these can reach. The only thing that gets me to sleep is my antidepressant, amiltriptalyne (sp). I believe (and it is prescribed for) it can also take some of the edge off of some chronic pain.
Still, when insomia gets bad, it is BAD. Last nite w/ 100 mgs amil and 3 1/2 xanax, I woke up every hour on the hour. The good part about these drugs tho, is that at least I can go back to sleep, I just don't get enough. I would love to get off the drugs altogether, and somehow I know that I could get rid of them if I could just stop smoking!
Also, Jendays, I always sleep w/a fan beside the bed. It is perfect for drowning out all the little noises that disturb you when trying to sleep. That is something you should definitely try. Now, I cannot sleep at all w/ too much quiet!
Again, I truly sympathize w/ you, esp since plenty of rest is what you need while you are this ill!
Suspect TBI in 1972 (date corrected by Mother!) Attacked tonsils, pregnancy (miscarraige), appendix, heart (mitral valve prolapse), hypoglycemia, depression, chronic acute neck and back pain.
Next suspect Mother's Day 2007. Diagnosed w/ Lyme and Bart June 2009. (awaiting more test results)
In treatment for recurrent depression, anxiety, low thyroid.
Bit again 7/1/2009, began Doxy 200 mg /day