((((((((( Victoria ))))))))))))
For me . . . the stress is the big issue to tackle. It zaps me faster than anything.
I've had periods of the insomnia too and I just don't want to take sleep aids. I did try amitriptiline for a while but decided to ditch it when my meds mounted to 9 different rx's. I was just afraid of the whole combination affect.
I have adopted the strategy of good sleep hygiene plus the following: if I ly in bed too long (15 minutes?) and can't fall asleep, I get up and crochet, knit or read and then try again. sometimes, when I am really frustrated, I'll do the "Thankful Alphabet" . . . beginning with A, I name something I am thankful for. I did reach Z one time and I started over with "people I am thankful for" starting with A. You can choose animals, flowers, etc. It really does work . . . I usually don't get to Z. Anyway, I don't ly in bed frustrated . . . It seems if I sit and do something else, I can get "zoned out" and try again.
Its especially hard because you have to get up at a certain time and head off to work. It seems my deepest sleep is early in the morning.
I would also look into your meds . . . one or more of your meds might be suspect.
When you come home to nap, could you get an extra hour or half-hour and make it up from comp time (when you've already worked late and are not getting paid for it) ????
I hope some of the others have some good ideas for you to try too.
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