Our expert says:
Most, indeed all, sleeping meds are downers / sedatives. The more modern ones like Silnoct are designed to be more short-acting, to help to get you to sleep but to wear off before morning - but while that's fine for people who struggle to GET to sleep and want no hangover the next day, it's not much help to the folks like you who do get to sleep OK, and wake early.
Remember, early morning wakening, especially combined with feeling miserable at the time of wakening, is typical of depression, and responds to proper treatment of the depression. Similarly, as Liza says, anxiety can cause multiple wakenings.
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