I will ask my doctor about a thyroid panel. I actually had a small cyst on my thyroid a few years back. It was totally benign and hasn't come back, but it is something to think about. I use a meditation app called Calm that works really well for me, to the point where I'm considering paying for a year's subscription. I do think my insomnia is an anxiety issue. I am not professionally diagnosed with anxiety but I am almost certain I have at least generalized if not also some amount of social anxiety. I definitely am a bit of a night owl, I was thinking about it earlier and figured my ideal time to go to sleep is somewhere between 11 and 12. I do work early on a couple days, but I think I could make it work. It seems like it would be better to get a short amount of good sleep than poor sleep for a longer amount.
that sounds nice! I don't have an electric heating pad but I do have one of those microwaveable heating pads. May try warming that up and bringing it to bed. One of my cats sleeping on me would have a similar effect I think.
I think my main issue is eating too late. For example I worked an evening shift today. I had a late lunch around 2 so wasn't ready for dinner before I left, and now that I'm home I've just had dinner at 9:30! Not like a huge meal but still it was a lot to eat when it's getting late. I need to be more proactive on scheduling when I eat, making myself have a small dinner before work and then maybe taking a snack to have while I'm at work. That seems like an option to help me not eat so late.
@Cedar & Salty
Thank you for those handouts, they seem like really good information. I will try keeping a sleep journal. I don't nap, but something that is hard for me is not sleeping in on days off or weekends. Even after a bad night though, I typically don't let myself oversleep to compensate. If nothing else I have to be up by 9 or my cats will be very upset about not getting breakfast!
Thank you for all of that information, Ambien sounds terrifying. I read about side effects like sleep driving happening with some sleeping medications and that really scares me since I have sleep walked without any medication use. I don't want to have to take a pill to sleep either.
I think audiobooks would be good to try, especially if the narrator has a soothing voice. I worry that it would be hard for me to not focus and want to get too invested in the story, but definitely something to try if I can find the right book.
I wish I could fall asleep so easily! Maybe I'm just reading the wrong books but sometimes I end up more awake than when I started. It's happened many times where "one more chapter" turned into me finishing a book at 1 in the morning.
I try to exercise a lot as well, but I know I need to work on my relaxation. Even on a day off it's hard for me to relax because all I do is keep thinking about things I should be doing! Podcasts are a good idea, I bet there are lots of calming ones out there. I also like your word game, I will have to try that.
Anyway, it's 10:30 here and I'm not quite tired yet, so I'm going to stay up for a while longer, maybe make some tea and try to relax, and TRY not to worry about the fact that I have to get up early for work tomorrow.