Having done a lot of reading magnesium, I decided to start taking it at night to see if it helps. Originally, I was using small sized pills of Magnesium Oxide in the morning. These are the cheapest but least effect and least absorbed type of Magnesium, apparently.
Now I have started to use giant pills of magnesium citrate, a good alround version which absorbs more readily due to the citric acid component in them. The size is a huge problem for me, even if borken in half, they are rough and just stick to my tongue and back of the mouth before I can swallow them.
Reading the instructions, it doesn't say to take them whole so I decided to finely crush two (the recommended dose), in my pestle and mortar and measure how much powder they gave - 1 whole teaspoon from a measuring set of spoons.
Last night was my first night and I mixed it with some milk in order to swallow it, seemed to go down okay but I shall try a little yoghurt in it tonight instead. This morning, I have crushed a weeks worth and stored it in a small glass airtight jar in a cupboard.
Worse nights sleep for more than a week, but I am not putting that down to the magnesium, just the cycle my insomnia takes. I will probably sleep okay or at least better tonight.
Thanks for all your suggestions. As I said, this is a long standing problem of more than 20 years so it isn't going to go away quickly, if at all. All I am after, is a better sleep even if I never achieve more than 5 or 6 hours in the long run.
Mindfulness is not a thing I am interested in but thanks to all those who have suggested it. Contrary to what might happen to others unable to get to sleep, I am quite peaceful, just laying there, chilling out waiting to go to sleep. I rarely think about anything and have long gotten past the stage of getting annoyed about it.
I have tried aromatherapy but not with much success, despite trying many blends and blending my own over time, so another thing I won't solely be relying on.
Sound CD's or someone speaking etc, just drives me to distraction and gets me thoroughly wound up rather than relaxing.
Horses for courses methinks. I shall keep trying to find what works for me. We are all different and those differences should guide us individually towards what works for each of us.