Posted 7/13/2016 12:05 PM (GMT -6)
I know this feeling exactly! I'll be physically and mentally exhausted after a long day of work and bike-time and then as soon as it's time to relax, my body goes "NOPE NOPE NOPE" and heads into anxious over-drive. I'll toss and turn for hours and stare up at the ceiling until the sun comes up. It's not fun and can really exacerbate the feeling of not being in control.
For me, I do a bad thing and take 1/2 of a benadryl to take the edge off. I don't recommend this and prolonged benadryl usage has been recently linked to some unfortunate things. Using pharmacology to put a bandaid on a long-term problem isn't smart, but I usually stop having problems after a few days and go back to my normal sleep schedule. A roommate occasionally drank sleepy time tea or took melatonin, if only for a few days.
I second SC's suggestion of muscle relaxation. Having something to focus on, even if what you're focusing on is relaxing, sometimes helps me. Or I write stories and imagine fairytale scenarios on my head, just to take my mind off things.
Hope you feel relief soon!