I have never been a 'pill person'. In parallel, I have never been use to getting a good nights sleep. A few years ago, I tried one sleeping pill that worked great, but I was groggy most of the next day, so I tossed the bottle. Last night, I took one of two sample pills of Ambien that my doctor gave me to try. I took one about 7:00PM and went to bed at 8:30, watched TV and probably did not see Nine O'Clock! I got up at 6:00AM REALLY refreshed! I can't remember the last time I got nine hours of sleep. Can sleeping pills set you up for a pattern of good sleep habits? Are they evil? All I know is that I average 5+ hours and being able to get 8 or 9 hours on a consistant basis would be awesome!