I have had a problem with insomnia since my first pregnancy. It went away after the bambino was born, but came back with the 2nd pregnancy. That was one of the first signs I knew I was pregnant. I seemed to get over it until I had surgery in 2001. With ten weeks of recovery, no kids during that time and lots of pain meds and muscle relaxers, my sleeping schedule got all wonky. I went a year not sleeping from about 2-6am. I would squeeze in a couple of hours from 6-8am and then nap when the kids napped. Really, I did this for a year. I was foggy and forgetful all the time. I'm foggy and forgetful now, too, but I was in my early 30's that first foggy and forgetful era and I did not have age as an excuse.
During that time, I was at the doctor and she asked about my sleep. I told her I get abput eight hours of sleep. I explained how I eeked those hours of sleep into the day and night. She about flipped. Apparently, during that surgery recovery, I totally whigged out my circadian rhythm and I just got so used to those weird sleeping hours, that I considered it "normal" in my head, but my body was saying "Enough!" She gave me sleeping pills. The warning said something along the lines of "do not take these pills unless you are in bed laying down because they will knock you on your ass." Oh, I was so excited because damn, I wanted a good night's sleep. So, that night, I warned my husband I was going down for the count and off I went. I got in bed, all covered up. I had my pill and my glass of water and a big smile on my face. Water, drop pill in mouth, swallow. Two hours later I was STILL awake. Same thing on night two. I ended up needing a different sleeping pill, which I took for about two weeks and I got myself back on track. It was heaven.
Over time and with age, my sleeping is a little more sporadic. I don't think I've had a week where I got a good night's sleep every night. At least twice a week, I wake up around 3:00am and lay there for a good two hours, sometimes more, usually with the TV on for background noise. I don't actually watch unless I am REALLY awake and know there is no chance in hell I am going back to sleep. Most of the time I try to fake myself into sleeping. You know, the "fake it til you make it" method. It doesn't really work for me, but I don't give up easily.
In the meantime, until I find a cure for this wacky insomnia, can someone PLEASE send the Sandman my way?