Tamazapam, Ativan, Methadone, Tramadol and some Zyrtec just for good measure.
I'm not even kidding. Even with all this, I'm lucky to ever get more than four hours sleep at a time.
I've done ativan, tramadol, zyrtec, ambien, melatonin, etc.
I just discovered propranolol. It blocks the adrenal receptors in the cells. It works really well. PTSD people swear by it. It isnt like a funky SSRI that you need to build up over time; it has a half-life of 3-4 hours. You dont get those drugged, knock-out sleeps where you dont really rest like you do with benadryl. You don't get the sick nausea either like with tramadol. You don't get trapped in nightmares like with melatonin. Some people have found similar relief from prazosin, but that one doesnt seem to work as well for me.
On top of that LDN, Low Dose Naltrexone. It blocks opiod receptors in the gut for 3-4 hours while you sleep. Then you get a cascade of natural opiates late late evening/early early morning. Again no drugged feeling or side effects. Its good for your intestinal health. Also good for good dreams and waking up happy.
(I started this thread because I ran out of propranolol)
I've never heard of Propranol. Might be worth looking into. I've been on nearly every Benzodiazipine or near Benzo (Ambien, Lunesta) there is (never taken Valium though, oddly enough), as well almost all SSRI's and a handful of Tri-Cyclics. I've heard of low dose Naltrexone, but I've never tried it. Another thing I should probably look into.
My first sleeping pill was Ambien. That stuff knocked me out cold at first. Then I transitioned to still being awake but not remembering what I had done (nearly set the house on fire once by leaving a pizza cooking in the oven overnight). Eventually it just stopped working altogether. I've become very resistant to any form of sedation, including alcohol.