l've been an all nighter for yrs , l love the nights but the mind also often fires up late at night too. l also run a business and it was normal going off to work on 1 ,2 or 3hrs sleep, for yrs. But people and myself too had been worried about me although l had more energy and felt better then than l do now getting sleep again , well apart from the last 6 wks anyway , slight relapse.
For me , it was discipline and routine , routine is crucial it's the most important thing, give into your insomnia and ruin your routine and it won't work. l started training 12mths ago now after yrs of not sleeping and this last 7 8 mths l been get 6, 7 ,8 hrs a night. You've gotta understand yourself and your body clock and signs. For me going to sleep 11.30 - 12.30 ish , 1 ish , is my window and when l'll drift off if l'm going to. Earlier and l won't or wake up later and be up all night but around those times if l can get to sleep l'll sleep all night.Waking up at 7- 7.30ish is at the other end also crucial for me, sleeping any later than that and l won't be tired again that night.
So l started going to bed between 11 and 1 depending , and stayed put , tried to relax , lots of thumb twiddling for a few mths but after awhile l started nodding off a few hours and then more and more and within 6mths l was sleeping right through 5 or 6nights a wk.7 - 8 mths l was sleeping through every night. l gave myself a treat every wk or two , stayed up all night, next night though back to my routine. lf you form a routine and pattern for yourself at whatever times suit you and persist, you will be able to sleep again. lf l could anyone could you've just gotta stick at it.