Well, they're not really solving the problem, that's for sure. In fact, one of the side effects of several hypnotics (sleep medications) is... daytime sleepiness? Interesting.
So here's another perspective that was presented by one of the guest speakers of the Women's Health Virginia Sleep Conference- "Getting Good Zzz's." Maybe the brain's extra alertness during inopportune hours of the night should be harnessed for good use rather than seen as a health burden. A hyperactive mind could potentially be the source of great productivity, creativity, and insight. So maybe next time you're lying awake at night, seething angry huffs of air into your pillow, try going along with your body's natural energy. Brainstorm for a new home project, write a letter to someone, tidy up the kitchen, BLOG! Who knows, you might come up with some pretty good midnight artwork!