I have a horrible time sleeping. If I try to go to bed early and I'm not tired, I usually just lay there. If I wait until I'm tired, usually that requires that I stay up longer than I want, so by the time I have to get up I'm not getting enough sleep (4-5 hours). More than not, I'm SO tired that I just can't go to sleep..it's like my body fights it. A lot of times when I try to go to sleep I may be tired, but the act of laying down hurts. I have Carpal Tunnel pretty badly and my arms ache a lot at night which keeps me up. So usually, I stay up until 4am, and then by that put I'm absolutely exhausted and my body gives up. But, it then wants to sleep for 12-14 hours so I wind up waking up in the late afternoon. I'm on SSDI and don't work, so I'm sure that having no schedule to speak up doesn't help. I deal with depression as well, so that doesn't help, but not sleeping enough also makes me more depressed...vicious cycle. I can't take melatonin because it makes me physically and mentally tired but my brain never shuts down so I feel like I'm being tortured with sleep deprivation. I've tried going to the gym at night, but by the end of the day I have no energy to do that. Has anyone else dealt with anything like this? I need to make an appt. with the doctor but because of how I react to medicines, I don't expect much help.