You might try a sleep mask. Chamomile tea can help with sleep if used occasionally. It can rebound on you if you use it too much. Have you tried melatonin? It's a natural sleep aid that works for a lot of people. Definitely do some gentle muscle-relaxing stretching before going to bed or the routine you probably learned in gym class where you lie in bed and tense and relax each muscle in your body, although I like the stretching better. Do some deep breathing with it.
Do the "turn off everything electronic and dim the lights half an hour before bedtime" thing. Use that half hour to go over what's on your mind and decide how you're going to take care of it TOMORROW. Maybe write a to do list. Then mentally shut down. Don't let yourself think about anything but how sleepy you are.
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Hi: I''m Deborah, age 64. Life-long avid exerciser, reader, writer/researcher. I work hard but I also pamper myself. Sleeping well has become a problem. Can't get to bed, can't fall asleep, can't get enough. Right now my eyes are burning with fatigue but I've got to make it through a long day of meetings and work on my computer. Poor eating schedule may be a part of it also. I need to seriously re-evaluate my sleeping arrangements and routine.
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