I stopped sleeping through the night when I was in my twenties. I’d wake up around 2 a.m., usually worried about something to do with work, and would toss and turn for hours. After months of this routine, I gave up fighting, and would get out of bed to edit stories, write, read or watch TV. I had a couple of friends in California whom I could call. I’d usually be able to get back to sleep around 5 for a couple of hours. Interestingly, I hardly every felt drained the next day. I’m fortunate to have loads of energy.
I decided to try sleeping pills about five years ago and my doctor readily prescribed them. They haven’t been a panacea, but they’ve generally helped me to have a better night’s sleep. I’ve taken Ambien, Ambien CR and Lunesta. I’ve heard that some sleep aids can be addictive, but I haven’t done any research on them, nor have I tried to stop. As with any drugs, these carry a laundry list of warnings, from doing things you won’t remember the next morning (driving a car is one of them, but I don’t have a car, so that’s not possible) to thoughts of suicide. The most severe problem I’ve had is occasionally feeling a bit draggy the next day (ironic!)