I started developing chronic sleeping problems at a considerably young age.
I think it was when I entered high school and began consuming copious amounts of coffee to offset the fatigue that came with all of the new school work.
Some nights saw me studying late into the night and getting only four or five hours of sleep if I was lucky. Naturally, you’re going to consume more stimulants if you’re exhausted the moment you start your day. I was too young and stubborn back then to realize I was perpetuating my sleeping problems and general fatigue by using too much coffee to counteract it in the first place. That’s what would contribute greatly to my inability to fall asleep when I would lay down in bed and attempt to fall asleep unaided. Soon I was taking diphenhydramine nightly and justifying it because of my chronic allergies. However, ideally an allergy sufferer would consume a non-sedating antihistamine like claritin rather than a sedative hypnotic antihistamine like benadryl. While that was my plan, it wasn’t until I started using cannabis daily that I was able to quit using benadryl to fall asleep at night. Instead, I would always buy two different kinds of weed at any given time. I tried to have a sativa-leaning strain on hand for daytime and early evening, while I would search far and wide for sedating indicas to use as sleep aids. Now that I can get high quality cannabis at legal dispensaries, I don’t have to worry about losing access to sedating indicas for my evening slumber.