Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters View Post
I'll second the melatonin. Though my Dr. suggests that you don't take it on a long term basis because it can permanently decrease your body's ability to make it naturally and you will be setting yourself up to need it for life. If I'm going through a bout (I deal with it pretty bad and have since I was a teen, sometimes I average about 45 minutes of sleep a night for weeks at a time) I will take melatonin a few hours before I plan to sleep and never for more than 2 weeks at a time. It generally helps me get back into a sleep pattern where I can get 5 or 6 hours at one time.
Though that may sound harsh, it could very well be true. The lifestyle changes and slowing down of daily activities very well could be the root of the problem.
That being said, hard work isn't always the answer for insomnia. I deal with insomnia myself, I am up at 4 am every day and do all the day to day farm work by myself (maintaining 40+ acres, 2 arenas, 2 barns, 11 horses of my own, always at least 3 outside horses to ride, riding lessons trudging through arena sand for hours at a stretch, I am a mom of an extremely active 7 year old and wife that does all of the house maintenance, yard work, etc.) There are many days that I am in the barn until midnight to get client horses rode because I've spent my day cleaning stalls, working arenas, spreading manure, baling hay, fixing fence, the list goes on. Even on those days, I still find it hard to sleep sometimes even though I am exhausted. I wish hard work would make me sleep, my body gets tired but unfortunately even 18 hour days don't stop it for me.
sometimes the truth can hurt, and believe me I in no way was being mean. But some of what the poster said just stood out at me, If OP had posted a workday like MHfoundation, I would suspect an emotional, guilt, medical or chemical problem.
But OP stated they lay in bed all morning, dont have a job, dont exercise any more. etc. Id say try the simple obvious stuff first before seeking pills. It may be a chicken and the egg things, are they all tied together ? Is depression leading to the sedentary lifestyle which causes the insomnia which makes you sluggish which causes depression and repeat ?
Set your alarm clock, get up at 6 am no matter if you slept or not, Do something strenuous for an hour bike ride, run, hobble on crutches, whatever you can do that makes you sweat. Now take a shower get dressed and get out of the house, look for a job, go to a park, do something with each and every day. Once the day is gone you will never get it back.