I'd like to bounce a question off y'all. I'm having real trouble sleeping these days. I'm getting one hour at a time, or at most an hour and a half (for a grand total of maybe three hours a night, at most), and it doesn't seem like "real" sleep, it's more like a "waking dream" - I'm aware of pretty much everything that happens while I nod. It's pretty bad, when I'm "awake" I'm lethargic and hazy, like I can't concentrate on details very well. My doctor wants to give me Ambien, but I hate drugs, especially psy-meds, and I'm looking for alternatives. It's not like I'm crazy or anything, it's just that I'm so tired most of the time that I can't really engage my brain to its full capacity. It's very difficult to describe, mainly it's the latter aspect that's causing me some concern. I'm entirely certain that if I could get a "normal" night's sleep, like maybe six hours or so, everything would be fine. Have any of you experienced anything like this? If so, what did you do? I've already tried warm milk, chamomile tea, L-tryptophan and the like, and it doesn't seem to work. I'm not sure exactly how this came about, only that it started happening after some rather convoluted surgery (but nothing brain-related, just mainly gut-related stuff, like pancreas and kidney and so on). I really don't want to take Ambien or barbiturates or anything like that, that would be strictly a last resort. But I'm running out of thoughts and options. Anyone? Thanks.