Red bulbs are life. People think I’m weird when they come over but the sleep is %100 worth
I stick to red bulbs or candles for about an hour before I rack out. It's worked wonders. Melatonin, sleep masks, earplugs, a fan, and biphasic sleep have also helped me a great deal.
My problem isn't going to bed (which is generally easy), but not being able to fall back asleep when I wake up at night. I wake up, uncomfortably roll around in bed for hours, then finally give up and get up. What is wrong with me? I know it's not the bed/mattress/whatever because when I go to bed I'm perfectly comfortable. The room isn't too hot, I'm not looking at my phone, etc. I can get some sleep back napping in the afternoon but it doesn't remotely make up for how much I'm loosing at night. I need to get close to a full eight hours of sleep to function and right now I feel completely screwed up. And since I read Matthew Walker's book (see above), I know exactly how horrible it is to not get enough sleep for even one night, let alone on a regular basis.
Anybody here have some sort of tips or strategies that have helped you fall back asleep when you wake up? I really don't know what to do.