Our expert says:
You don't mention how small, but are the kids sleeping normally, or is it them who are keeping you awake ( if so, that needs to be attended to via the kids ). Or do you, irrespective of the kids, have insomnia ? I don't think you have lost any brain cells ( remember, you keep the spares in that packet on the book-case ? ) but you are describing symptoms which CAN be related to sleep lack, but also to other causes. You need a good assessment by a brilliant GP or maybe psychiatrist, to clarify the likely causes. Many antidepressants ( and of course depression can also explain serious sleeping problems, even if a low mood isnt very obvious ) usefully improve available serotonin and some other potentially relevant chemicals.
Why do you want a fix "without sleeping" ? It sounds as though you have decided it is inevitable that you cannot sleep. If this has been "going on for 5 years, the kids presumably would be at least 5 years old, and should be sleeping normal hours per night maybe a child shrink should consider why they are not doing so, if this is the root problem.
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