I have had trouble sleeping just about all my life and it's been much, much worse since my hyst and as I'm heading into menopause, so I know how you feel.
Where I'm concerned, the main problem is falling asleep... especially if I wake up before I've had a chance to recharge my batteries
I also have issues with restless leg syndrome.. which translates in a discomfort in the feet when I'm very, very tired and trying to fall asleep: it seems that the more I try to relax, the more twitchy my feet get!!! I know that the RLS is hereditary as my mother, sister DD and DN all have it. And it seems to be increasing in intensity down the generations: while, for my mother, it's a very very mild condition, it keeps my poor little 11 yo from going to sleep and will even wake her up
And while I know that it's due to a mineral issue (taking Magnesium and Calcium has really helped both my DD and myself
) I also know that there is an hormonal cause: My RLS issues started with my first pregnancy and returned with my second.
I do hope you find answers soon as it is very hard to function on just a few hours of sleep