I have only lately had this happen where I am awake sometimes two hours in the night.
It is really annoying, and I do not get up apart from to go to the bathroom.
At first I used to turn on the television as that puts me to sleep when I first go to bed, but this no longer helps and the noise, light annoys me, so I just usually lie there or sometimes take a pill, depending on the time.
Annoy the crap out of my husband I've been told. I fidget, get out of bed and give a running commentary (apparently), on how much sleep I've not had. I'll often just get up and read a book and then try again..,to sleep not to annoy the hubby.
If I don't sleep well it's usually because I have a re-enactment of the Chainsaw Massacre going on next to me (hubby snoring)! Even if I tell him to turn over he starts up again so I get up and sleep somewhere else.
This happens a lot lately because I am feeling stressed and greiving. I try not to worry. My problems are gigantic in the middle of the night.
Tactics I use are choosing a number eg- 2958 , and counting backwards by 7. I often loose track and have to concentrate on the last number I was certain of.
If my husbamd is away I can put the radio on and listening to that keeps me from worrying. Sometimes when home alone, I will get up and clean out my fridge or achieve another chore until I am ready to sleep again.
I can sleep every night, but when my husband can't sleep he reads for a few hours, & then he can sleep!! When I've been going to sleep I've sometimes started to count backwards from 100. I've only got to about 70, before I've fallen asleep!