This weekend I decided I'm going to switch off between melatonin and valerian supplements on alternating weeks, because the melatonin seemed to work great for like a week and a half, then I had two days of insomnia.
Don't know (and really can't know) if the dopamine didn't work this weekend because it had stopped working for me, if it was working just as well as ever and couldn't do anything about a spike of insomnia.

Also don't know and can't know if the valerian would have done better.
But I know I've had stretches of time in my life when I took melatonin and it worked for me and ones where I took valerian and it worked for me, so I'm going to try switching off between them and seeing how it goes.
The valerian I ordered arrived yesterday so last night was the first night I took it. Just like the first morning after I started the melatonin, I am feeling a little hungover... but good. Good mood. I forgot how valerian affects my dreams, and even my thought processes.
My dreams last night involved me being thrown into a "dungeon" (which was like a modern prison run by D&D monsters) by Dragonlance death knight and villain Lord Soth.
My dreams also involved having gone to see (not going to see, but having gone to see. I was wearing a t-shirt from it) a small-time theatrical sequel to The Shining that Stephen King produced after being dissatisfied with Doctor Sleep. It was called "Welcome to the Jizz Factory"
In my dream, Stephen King had decided that both his own novel and the movie loosely based on it had gotten it wrong and his publisher wouldn't take a retcon sequel, so he rented a community theater in Maine and wrote, produced, and directed his own version.
It was about Danny being sent to a boarding school, and his psychic powers activated and amplified the memory echoes of all the boys who had ever lived in the dormitories there, which I think is what the title was about, though the dream did not elaborate.
But in my dream it was somehow not big news that Stephen King had acquired a theater and used it to stage a play, it was like this little glittering fandom jewel and if you knew about it you went to go see a performance but most people didn't know about it.
I've also been sitting here since the tweet where I mentioned him by name trying to remember Danny's last name (it's Torrance), like so:

me: "Tanner?"

my brain: "That's Bob Saget."

me: "Rand?"

my brain: "That's Iron Fist."

me: "...Tanner?"
Anyway, though, the key point here is that valerian can produce very vivid but strange and disturbing dreams, dreams where Stephen King's publisher says things like, "We don't want to publish this. It's too weird, too self-indulgent, and there's way too much underaged sexuality."

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