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This reply was originally posted by user Skyblue in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
I just turned 60, and I’ve have the same bedtime/wake-time pattern as you and MANY others. I love mornings and would love to get up and get going early, but the problem is that my brain likes nighttime even more. About two hours before I’ve decided to go to bed, I take 1mg melatonin and .3mg of Clonidine (a prescription drug to lower blood pressure). It works very well to make me want to finally lie down. If I knew that I wouldn’t suffer the next day for lack of sleep, I’d probably stay up almost all night. I’ve tried to change this pattern so that my schedule coincides with everyone else’s, but going to bed at about 2 and getting up at 10 is the best I seem to be able to do.
I’ll be following this thread just in case someone gives the magic formula!