I have a great deal of difficulty sleeping due to constant, chronic pain. Getting into a comfortable sleeping position is a minor miracle. If I do not fall asleep withing a few minutes, my mind starts to wander, and I cannot focus on sleeping. I a at present 3 hours past the time I would like to fall asleep, as I must get up at 6:30 AM. So I begin worrying about my day tomorrow. Meanwhile, my lower back and neck are screaming for mercy, even though I have taken strong pain killers, which really help very little.
I am at a loss as to what to do. I have tried self hypnosis, have tried what I thought were great apps on my Ipad, have tried sleeping pills-all to no avail. I am 63 and retired, so there is nothing of a work nature keeping me awake nights. The only thing I can think of tonight is that I slept 1 1/2 hours later this morning, but considering that I have only been sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night, I felt I deserved that. But sleep is not something you can store for later use!! Darn it!!