I have been waking up at 3 am like clockwork for at least 10 years. I used to do the following: 1. Get upset 2. Start looking for something to distract me from feeling anxious (read or eat) 3. Look at the clock to see for how long I have been awake 4. Decide to take a pill or not, and if yes - which one of three types that I have 5. Stay awake and miserable thereafter, with pill or without - at least 3 times out of 4 What do I do now: 1. Do not get upset. Think about what is the reason for anxiety 2. Find a reason and attach emotion to the anxiety: fear, sadness, shame, excitement 3. Make myself FEEL the emotion 4. Talk to my inner child and walk it through the experience, focusing on a positive outcome 5. Go back to sleep - 3 times out of 4! Thank you, Dr, Sarno!