I remember the thread well. I have been an insomniac for many years and, like Graham, have tried absolutely every remedy under the sun. None of them worked so I just resigned myself to being Mrs Tired and Grumpy
That very fact has helped
Just accept it. I read, too, about sleep reduction and I also read that humans would, naturally, only sleep for four hours before "going on patrol". This again has helped me to accept disturbed sleep.
My sleep pattern is so much better now and I put it down to the above plus one other thing. Firstly I just get up at 3am or whatever so that I can restart the "go to sleep" pattern. I come down stairs, usually take a co codamol for my sciatica, read for fifteen minutes and then to back to bed. Usually I will go back to sleep for another three or four hours which is a major achievement! I read that laying in bed "trying to sleep" is counter productive as it teaches the body and mind that it is normal to be awake in bed and you need the opposite train of thought.
The next thing that has, I am sure, had a major effect is Magnesium. I have tried it before but with no success. The difference, this time, is that my Zinc levels have, at last, climbed into the normal range. Magnesium is well recognised as a help to insomnia but I believe that, as in most things, it needs other things to be in normal range in order to be absorbed properly by the body.
Given all the stress I am under at the moment I am still sleeping better than I would have done a year or so ago.
There is a new book out on sleep which has amazing reviews. I started to read it but had to stop because it lists all the negative effects on health that lack of sleep can cause
It is called "Why We Sleep" or similar.