Sorry in advance for the lack of an avatar, it's not letting me upload...
Anyway, like the subject says, I would very much appreciate some advice from the knowledgable among you. In short, I don't (can't) sleep well. I haven't been able to my whole life. My childhood was filled with visits to doctors, therapists, hypnotists... nothing helps.
I've taken, in desperation, 3 times the recommended dose of tamazepam (sp?) and still woken up a mere 4 hours later. I use an eye mask, ear plugs, blackout blinds, adjust my bedding and bedclothes to the ambient temperature, practice meditation - it all makes little difference.
Z-12, bless it, helps, but even when I take 3 on a completely empty stomach I don't exactly have a restful night. Last night I took 3 at 10, and woke up at 11, 2 and 5:50, each time staying awake for quite a while, before getting up at 7:30. The opinion held by the doctors I've seen is that it's physiological and there's pretty much nothing I can do about it.
So: If anyone does know of something I might be missing, that would be wonderful, but I'm posting firstly in order to get advice as to which supplements I might take to counteract this lack of sleep. After the powerlifters at my gym saw I was the only other guy there squatting, I was taken under their wing and I now have my first competition on June 21st, with another lined up on December 12th.
Money isn't that much of an object - I've absolutely fallen in love with the art of moving heavy things and I want to do all I can outside the gym to enable myself to do the best I can in it.
What should I be taking? TRIBEX? BCAAs through the day? Mad quantities of zinc? What?
Thank you all in advance,