Welcome. Sorry to hear you're struggling right now. Seems all too common with depression. I do want to encourage you to talk to your psychiatrist. Sleeping is so key to our physical and mental health. There are some things that you can try to see if they help. They are called "sleep hygiene". This site give examples of the kinds of things that can make a difference: www.sleepeducation.com/Hygiene.aspx
. A lot of physical changes can really set our minds up to know it is time to sleep. Personally, I keep my bedroom 5-10F cooler than the rest of my house. I start turning down the lights about
one hour before bedtime. Often I make a cup of Passion Flower tea with a tiny bit of sugar (something in the tea promotes sleep; can't remember right now but there have been some very basic studies on it). I take an anti-convulsant about
30 minutes before bedtime (anticonvulsants can also help slow the brain down & promote sleep). Then I crawl into bed. I made a simple fountain because the sound triggers me to think about
sleep. In the morning, first thing even if I can't get out of bed right away, I turn off the fountain so my brain knows it's time to wake up. My room is painted a dark color so I try to be good and
open up all the shades at first light since getting 10 minutes of sunlight early in the day apparently also promotes getting good sleep at night.
There are a few other things that I do, but those are the main ones. The key is to make your bedroom into a destination
location for sleep. It's worked really well for me, but then I would struggle with waking up in the middle of the night. But I saw a counselor this week & she was able to give me a strategy to deal with feeling stressed in the middle of the night. So far it's been working pretty well. I haven't been on sleep meds for over a year & now that I can settle myself down and get back to sleep when I wake up I'm feeling much better.
I sure hope you can find something that works for you. Know also though that sometimes there is a physical reason that you can't sleep. If you try the techniques & talk to your counselor and nothing is helping, it might be worth finding a sleep specialist and getting a sleep study done.