Many of the people that I see for EDS have difficulties with sleep. Some with falling asleep, others with waking in the middle of the night. Sleep disturbances can be due to numerous things. One big thing at this time of year is lack of melatonin. We need sunlight to produce melatonin in our systems. We also need to sleep in a dark room in order for melatonin to be released. If our organs are stressed, we can wake during the night when the organs are working hard to detox themselves. Sensitivity to caffeine can cause wakefulness in the middle of the night (or difficulty falling asleep). Parasites are active at night and can stress the organs causing sleeplessness. Stress is a big one for lack of sleep - it is difficult to calm the mind so that sleep can be restful and deep. No matter what the cause, getting a good night sleep is one of the most important things that you can do for your health - both physical and emotional. In the winter, try going to sleep earlier. In Ayurvedic medicine, the belief is that for each hour you sleep before midnight, it is worth two hours -versus an hour of sleep after midnight which is only worth one. Find out what toxins are in your system and what organs need strengthening to assist with better sleep. Sleep in a dark room. Sleep away from electronic devices and do not use an electric blanket. Try to calm your mind - write down what you need to do so you can let it go. There are numerous chinese herbs that can assist with sleep difficulties. Many people believe that supplementing melatonin is a good idea. I would agree with this on a short term basis, but I think our bodies can become dependent on supplemental melatonin, which may interfere with our bodies making melatonin on its own. Overall, don't underestimate the importance of a good's night sleep on mood and health.