I'd like to invite you all to share your tips and tricks for getting sleep. It can be drugs, alternative remedies, methods - basically everything. I have severe insomnia at the time myself, so I hope we can make this into a through thread. Here's what I've tried, and know of. Please weigh in with your own experiences. Drugs Benzodiazepines. I've tried nitrazepam, flunitrazepam, diazepam, but they don't work very well for me. And on top of that they can only be used for a short period of time. Benzodiazepine like drugs. Ambien, Imovane. I fall asleep with them, but I keep waking up. They've only worked moderately well for me. Antihistamines. Alimemazine have worked wonders for me. I sleep well, I don't wake up, and it's really been great. But, I've built up a tolerance for it, so I have to go way beyond the normal max doses for it to work now. Hydroxyzine (brand names Atarax, Vistaril). Worked to begin with, but now I have a tolerance, and need to go way beyond the max doses for it to work. Dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine), had somewhat of a effect, but less than the two others. Valerian (herb). Had somewhat of an effect the first day(s). Melatonin. I've tried Circadin, and other brands. Doses of 2-10 mg. Mostly 2 mg, but sometimes 10 mg. I've used it for over a year, but they haven't worked so well for me. Nosinan (levomeproazine). People tend to fall asleep of it, but they often get really spaced out the next day. It might work on a low dose. Or perhaps the hangover gets lighter if it's taken regularly. Chlorprothixene (Cloxan, Taractan, Truxal). People tend to fall asleep of it, but they often get really spaced out the next day. It might work on a low dose. Or perhaps the hangover gets lighter if it's taken regularly. Quetiapine (branded as Seroquel, Ketipinor). I know of a person who falls asleep with it (used off label as a drug for insomnia). He doesn't get a hangover from it. Amitriptyline. Has a good effect on some. Snowathlete has had great experiences with it http://forums.phoenixrising.me/show...g-for-the-first-time-in-my-life-Amitriptyline. The hangover gets lighter when taken regularly. Here's a pretty thorough list from Wikipedia of drugs which have hypnotic effects. Methods and appliances Get a slow breathing rhythm. Take long slow breaths, three seconds between them is an alright pace. Count. It takes my mind of other things. I normally think of everything I have done that day, and what I should do the next when I get to bed. Counting, 0-1000, helps to stop concentrating. Sleep in a new place. This has worked great for me. If I can't sleep for many days in my bed, and I am used to laying awake until early morning, sleeping in a new place, like the cough, can actually set the brain to sleep better than in a bed one hasn't got real good sleep in for a long time. Absolutely recommended. Daylight lamp. Many PWME are too sick to be outside and therefore don't get sunlight. Studies have shown that people who never get sunlight, often gets disrupted sleeping patters, and that some twenty minutes in front of a daylight lamp helps some. I've tried it, but it didn't help me. Real sunlight. Getting out on the porch, and getting some real sunlight. It has had some effect on me, but not great. Meditation. Has an effect on some. I guess it works much in the same way as other methods of getting the mind to not be so busy when lying in bed. Getting up when not being able to sleep. This is a recommendation I see time and time again. If one lies in bed for say an hour or so, one should get up, and do something else, and get to bed again when one feels a little sleepy. Problem is for me, I don't feel sleepy, even after a whole night or more of not getting sleep. It works I guess in a way that the mind doesn't become conditioned to see the bed as a place to lie and think, instead of a place for sleep. Not using the bedroom for work. For the same reason as for the latter. If the mind thinks of the bedroom as a working or leisure room, even if it's done in daytime, it can actually get a lot harder to sleep there. Ventilating. Get oxygen poor air out. Getting the temperature right. I normally sleep best if it's a little cold in the room, but warm under the blanket. Exercise. It helps me some, but is no magic bullet. Massage. Getting a massage late in the evening works well for going to sleep. But I keep waking up after I've fallen asleep (just like I do with ambien). Getting the right bed. Some sleep best in a hard bed, others in a soft. Buying a new mattress if the old one is worn out. Not concentrate late in the evening. To avoid mentally exhaustive tasks after say 6 pm. Getting it completely dark and silent. I've bought curtain which shut out all the light, and I use earplugs to not get any noise. I'd appreciate to hear from you what you do for sleep. Or to share it if you know of methods or drugs not covered here (I am sure there are plenty).