I have always had trouble sleeping, even as a kid. But, I have also always had a schedule too full to actually get good sleep. I've tried Sonata, which worked well and now I am on Nortriptylline which works as well. . . But, I cannot block out eight to ten hours for sleep so I rarely take it. My brain rarely goes still, so I lie in bed and toss and turn. I get up and try to do something else, then try again. My best sleep time seems to be about five AM, which of couse doesn't work at all since I have to be up at six to move among the day walkers lol. . .
I had a hysterectomy in December and was initially on a low dose, twice a week estrogen patch, but was having terrible night sweats and hot flashes which I thought it was supposed to stop lol. . . so I quit taking them and haven't had any issues along that line. I wake up every two hours or so, even if I manage to fall asleep.
I've tried the relaxation technique, where you start at your toes making slow circles and then move up your body at each joint and finally with you head and neck. That is relaxing lol but doesn't necessarily help me sleep.