Hi, my problems started about 12 years ago, during a time of family stress after which we had an extremely stressful 10 years (including the menopause for me). These bad times are now over, but it has left me with difficulty staying asleep all night.
I usually fall asleep OK, & it's getting earlier & earlier (I'm sometimes fast asleep at 8.00 pm) I go to bed, sleep for a couple of hours & always wake up about midnight needing the loo, after which it's really pot luck whether I go back off or not. I'm sometimes awake nearly all night - if I can go back off, I often wake a couple of hours later & it's still only 3.00 am.
I can't taking any sort of sleeping tablets (herbal or prescription as they trigger a migraine in me) and after anything at all which might help. I've tried melatonin which did nothing for me.
At the moment I take 5 HTP, calcium & magnesium at bedtime plus 2 Holy Basil capsules (supposed to reduce night time cortisol levels. I also have a lettuce sandwhich & a small glass of milk at bedtime. I think these all help a bit, but not as much as I would like.