I have had problems with insomnia since I was a child. My current sleep pattern is to fall asleep easily, then wake up at about 3:00 am and not get to back to sleep until just before my alarm goes off at 6:30.
I know all the “sleep hygiene” and cognitive tricks for good sleep, but they often don’t work for me. I was gratified to read a recent New Yorker article on insomnia which described insomniacs’ cortisol levels as so high as to look as though they are getting ready to storm the Bastille.
I know that anxiety and worry trigger the sympathetic nervous system to pump out high levels of chemicals which hinder sleep. My anxiety and worry are all work related, and I am hopeful that they will reduce over the next couple of weeks. Until then, I think I will see if memorizing the lyrics to the Marseilles and repeating them over and over when I wake up at 3:00 will lull me to sleep once more.
How do you deal with insomnia? What puts you to sleep? What keeps you awake?