Read, then just close your eyes and clear your mind..sometimes having music helps, but have it on repeat so that you don't have to keep replaying it. Also, sometimes hunger keeps you awake. Taking a nice bath or shower a while before sleeping is very comforting too.
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Last edited at 9:27AM on 7/19/2012
Pigfarm, love the name! This is an old problem, and we have all had it. First, there is NO quick answer, you need to make slow planned changes. Sleep is a state entered into by the whole system, so the whole system has to be considered.
First, the guts. Don't eat or drink anything after about 6 p.m. containing sodium monoglutamate, garlic, ginger, or caffein. There may be other foods you suspect - eliminate them one at a time. The other end of the gut ... if you sleep with some potential toxins inside you, it keeps the brain active. Go to the toilet (big way) before lying down. If you do this every night, it will become a habit.