Looking at the sleep website provided by thinkingoutloud, I have evaluated my environment and habits for "sleep hygiene".
-noise, remove pets
-no stress, large meals or exercise before sleep time
-no caffeine, alcohol
-no workstation in the bedroom
I am considering moving the furniture around, I don't know if this will help or hinder but I'll try it.
I will also try the cal, mag and D3 increase.
I can definitely say I have a circadian rhythm interuption, it is like jet lag.
One suggestion is chronotherapy....changing the sleep and rising hours for a week until the "desired" hours are met.
I have a few things to try anyway. There is hope.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland during the dark hours of the day-night cycle (circadian rhythm). Melatonin levels in the body are low during daylight hours. The pineal gland (located in the brain) responds to darkness by increasing melatonin levels in the body.
Your comment is interesting Sharon.
Hypothyroidism often causes insomnia, as do estrogen or progesterone deficiency.
I have looked for a few other articles on the effects of estrogen and sleep.
One reason estrogen might help sleep is because of the way it interacts with certain neurotransmittal systems. It enhances the action of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the major inhibitory system of the brain, the system that sleeping pills augment to damp us down. It enhances the action of serotonin by decreasing the neurotransmitter’s uptake and making it more available, the way selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants such as Prozac or Zoloft do. Or, it may be that hormone supplements simply keep hormone levels more constant, thereby eliminating the fluctuations that cause trouble. Then again, estrogen itself lowers body temperature, and that may be why it helps. Not enough is known. From article, Why We Can't Sleep by Gayle Greene.
There is a good article on the Reader's Digest site entitled "Menstral Insomnia".
http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/menstr ... 54629.html