Hi Wolfie, I have the same problem but have never been the best sleeper and it doesn't happen every night and I don't have to get up early. Don't go to bed before midnight and sometimes later because I'm just not tired then. Do too much thinking at night? I do get up and watch TV but think that might be a bad habit and I try to stay away from the computer. When I was first diagnosed and on Pred, I had a pen and paper by my bed to write down questions, helped in going back to sleep but thankfully that phase has passed. I was also given sleeping pills but will only take half a pill very very rarely as I don't want to become dependent on them and want them to work when I really need a good night's sleep. Don't know if you used them for a short time and got into a better routine if it would help or not. Hard to tell somebody not to worry so much but I try to think of the positives and things usually work themselves out.
I would appreciate another response to my pre-op and hope you find something that works for you. Take care,
P.S. I think I can safely say this to you. I am thankful every day where I am with this disease, financially, and in my relationship with my husband. There are always people that have it much worse.
Didn't see Nanner's reply until after I posted. My thought was that stress may be your culprit right now if sleeplessness is something that is just occurring now. You don't have any discomfort from the surgery that might be waking you up?