It appears that many with Addison's, myself included, need another synthetic solution to help the body come down off the day's steroid dosages enough to truly get a good night's rest. This is helpful especially if you are battling a chest cold, stomach virus, etc. and have had to double your dose to the stress dose level. Even under the best of circumstances, this might leave you a bit wired come night-time.
I used to tell my husband that I felt as if I had copied the "Elvis Presley Plan" with needing my Hydrocortisone to get me up and running early in the day and as night approaches, I need my downer, my Ambien so that I may have a chance to fall asleep before daybreak. And, remember, I am low-dose Hydrocortisone regiment.
For years, I struggled for my body to get better rest, but as the other battles with health made the Addison's Disease more challenging to control, I was forced to address compounding issues. So, lately, when I have a tough night, I can take a little Ambien and usually get four hours straight sleep. A little bit of solid sleep will do anyone a lot of good.
For a while, I was depressed about needing this help to fall asleep. But, on nights like this, when I am wired, unable to sleep and am frustrated that my body will not abide by my wishes and my desires, then I am stuck having to trick it with a little white pill. My little friend, "Ambien" will come to my rescue and knock the little insomnia-bug out of me. Thank you Ambien.
Hopefully, you won't have to eventually resort to these methods to regulate your own body. It took me nearly ten years of having this disease before these things became necessary. But, there are always newer and better medications to come to our rescue. For now, I am glad to get some sleep and be ready to take my next round of "uppers" in the morning, per my "Elvis Presley Plan." Difference is...my plan does not involve any recreation, it is only my way of staying alive for another day and in a way that's not really very glamorous.