marcia, I agree with many who've already posted about sleep apnea and hormones. I just wanted to share my story.. For years I had sleep problem, couldn't fall asleep and when I finally did I'd wake up at about 3am and couldn't go back to sleep. I am 53, so chalked it all up to perimenopause. I too suffered from restless leg syndrome at night, just couldn't hold still.. my joints oftened ached and I'd feel itchy all over. Most of this occuring at night.
From some research I did I found out I was allergic to wheat. Oh, also I had terrible dreams when I did finally fall asleep... Back to the wheat allergy... by all accounts I was simply exhibiting allergic symptoms. Here is what cleared up for or changed for me when I quit eating wheat:
sleep like a baby and no dreaming, at least not that I recall
fall asleep within 30 minutes and sleep all the way through the night.
no more restless leg syndrome
no more itchy body
no more cramps or tender breasts before or during my period
no more depression or huge mood swings
no more acne breakouts
full healthy hair
joint pain virtually disappeared
no more post nasal drip
no ear channel itching
no more daily headaches
My doctor told me there are a lot of people that are allergic to wheat and just don't know it.. and feel miserable their whole life. and I am not talking about gluten intolerance, but this is wheat. .and you'd be amazed how many products contain wheat...
I admit at times I fall off the wagon and have been off the wagon for the last many months.. but now I am back on and feeling once again so much better and sleeping good too.
best to you in finding out why you're not sleeping...and hey, try going off wheat products for a week and see what happens.. you've got nothing to lose, but possibly lots to gain...