The biggest physical problem I face is getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I seem to average about 5-6 hours. Everything I've read suggests that this is not healthy to sleep so little. I'm not a person who uses drugs and I've resisted the idea of sleeping pills, especially after what happened to Heath Ledger. I was reading a sports story and a coach for a team mentioned before a big game that he took Ambien and slept 10 hours and felt great. So now I'm debating if I should look into this and try it. I'm a bit worried and would love to hear if anyone has any thoughts or experience with this drug or anything similar. Will it make me drowsy during the day? Do you get hooked on them or after using them for a couple weeks can you sleep normal without them? Are there any bad side effects? I think 10 hours of sleep is too much, I'd be happy with 8--can you control how long you sleep? I know I can ask the doctor if I go for this but I wanted to get some real input before I even make that step. Nothing else I've tried seems to work.