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I've never been a good sleeper. I wake up early and am unable to get back to sleep. I am a morning person and so this isn't usually too much a problem.
I find that lately I've been taking one Excedrin PM (which is only half a dose) on the weekends, just to catch up on the sleep I'm missing during the week. It works really well. I fall asleep quickly and stay asleep. In the morning I feel somewhat groggy for a couple hours but overall I'm more rested.
The problem is that it's starting to get in my subconscious - should I take one tonight or not? Since I've been off work some extra days for Christmas, I took a pill on Thursday and Friday night - and slept great. I got worried at myself, though, and so didn't take one Saturday night. And what happened? I woke up Sunday morning at 6am and that was it. And now I feel like crap from only sleeping 6 hours. My immediate thought is "I'm taking a pill tonight" which strikes me as a dangerous thought to have.
I have heard of "non habit forming" sleep aids which I don't quite understand. It seems that for me, the habit isn't in the drug itself, but in the subconscious thought that I won't be able to get a good night's sleep without taking it.
So like I said, it's only half a dose, it works really well, but I'm worried about wanting one every night. How bad is that?