Edit: I have typed too much and I can't scroll down through the text and edit this post on this iPod that I typed this up in. Sorry for the typos.
I'm starting this topic in search of advice from those who also suffer from this same problem. Falling asleep. I don't really have trouble staying asleep but on a good night I can fall asleep between 30 minutes to an hour. An hour to an hour and a half is normal for me. In the summertime it gets even worse when there are no responsibilities for me in the morning. Ill find myself up all night very easily. There are nights where I choose to stay up late but I have even stayed up the whole night lying in bed trying to sleep the whole night. I'd listen to music for 30-40 minutes then try to sleep again only to get bored out of my mind 2-3 hours later. So I'll try some more music again. Then I repeat this till the sun comes up and exhaustion finally works it's way into my system.
It's just really annoying that getting to sleep has been a huge effort for me my whole life. I evny those who can jump into bed and sleep within 10 minutes. That never happens to me. I'll sometimes take over the counter sleep aids very rarel if I need to get up for something in the morning or to attempt to reset my body's clock by falling asleep early like at 1 am.
I just can't shut down at night. In college I'll need to get up at 8 am while my roommate can sleep in till 11 so he'll be up later doing work or procrastinating. Even if I'm running on less than 4 hours of sleep it is a great battle to fall asleep if he is still up (same room dorm life). Getting to sleep before him rarely happens even under these circumstances. It was tough getting him to adjust to leaving the room or finishing his work in time so that I can fall asleep at a reasonable time.
I know that this is not a natural problem for me that'll just go away. I've given it way too much time for that to happen. It has definitally hurt my grades in high school and college. It has fueled my growing depression. Do you think it is just a symptom of depression? Or can it be a disorder of it's own?