A few days ago, I wondered if maybe, given that my stress levels are down (due to the sertraline), that I might be able to ditch the sleeping meds, in part because I feel like the new stuff has been keeping me groggy for too much of the day (and also it makes me react really poorly to alcohol, which is good for my waistline but kind of a drag). And LO, it was a miracle; the first two nights I went THUNK and stayed there. (The next night I was up until 2 AM but I wasn't trying to sleep, I was dinking around on my computer.)
And then I saw this article on the New York times, saying there was a relation between exercise and sleep. Oddly, a good day's exercise may do nothing to help with sleep, but for chronic insonmniacs, who are "neural-atypical" and usually have "a hyper-arousal of the stress system," a long-term exercise program apparently "mut(es) a person’s stress response." The result, after four months or so, "'as good as or better' than most current treatment options for sleep disturbances, including drugs." Wow! (And attention gothic_mermaid.)
So: running IS helping reduce my stress. And, maybe, the sertraline is helping me sleep. With luck, I can ditch the amitryptaline altogether and maybe everything will come together and I'll be able to have a glass of wine at night again AND sleep like a baby. I would like that a lot.