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Healthy Sleeper Now Insomniac

I used to have the perfect sleep schedule. I was in bed between 9:30pm and 11:00pm and up between 6am and 9am. It was like this all through high school. I was always full of energy and cheery, too.

Unfortunately, that all changed during my second year of college when I chose to take on a heavy course load. I was in bed around 2am and up around 6am. Why? I was working on homework from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. The good news is, I passed all of my classes. The bad news is, that I got a low semester GPA. That, and a messed up sleep schedule.

I haven't been able to go to sleep before 2 in the morning in three years. I was cranky the first year, drowsy all day and everyday the second year, and well rested the third year until recently. I've tried drinking Lipton Bedtime Story Tea, warm milk, and Celestial Sleepy Time Extra Tea before bed. Also, I've tried melatonin, but developed a resistance to it after three days.

It seems that no matter what I do, I can't get my sleep schedule back to where it was or get the deep sleep I need to function properly. That, and things have gotten worse. Now I can't get to sleep until after four to five in the morning.

Please don't tell me to try sleeping pills. I don't trust them. There are way too many side effects. One of them involves grogginess. When I'm groggy, I get brain-dead and cranky. I don't like being any of those at all. Thank-you for your time and patience.

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