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I'm sure people on this forum can relate, but here are some details.
-Since about high school (I'm about in my last year of college) I've had an extremely difficult time sleeping. Would take hours to get to sleep unless I was just completely mentally and physically exhausted. I was always half-asleep during my first few classes, my grades suffered for it. I tried staying awake all day after little sleep, I tried getting around 8 hours between some naps spaced out throughout the day, nothing ever worked and I was always unable to get to sleep consistently when I needed to.
This eventually made my first few jobs quite difficult after a while, where even what should have been an easy schedule of 10am-5pm work was just awful.
I've been pretty successful avoiding early morning classes and as a result have done quite well in college. Couldn't manage it this quarter which I'm about halfway through and would love to get this in check for a strong finish.
-Every so often I have some mild success 'resetting' my sleep schedule by staying up about 5 hours later for 3-4 days straight until I can sleep for about a week from 10pm-6am or so. It's quite nice, but inch by inch, hour by hour, it will become 11-7, 2-10, so on and so forth until it is completely unreasonable again. I try to be disciplined and consistent about it but I can't really help that I simply feel tired later and later every night, even if I am in bed at the same time.
-I haven't been on any prescription sleep meds, but I find relying on things like Tylenol PM to force myself to sleep at a certain time is pretty dicey - for one I'd really like to not develop a strong reliance on that stuff, and it seems no matter how much sleep I get on that stuff (while it makes falling asleep blessedly easier) I am still tired in the morning and put off waking up as much as possible.
So any advice? This is something I really need to get under control, it's affecting just too much of my life and avoiding it won't be possible forever.
-tl:dr I have wildly inconsistent and troublesome sleep habits, help me become normal.