I have always had trouble sleeping so I will share what has worked for me and other people I know, even though I still struggle with it sometimes. Melatonin, vitamin that takes about 15 min. or less to kick in so you could take it in the middle of the night and in that amount of time will be back to sleep without taking any drugs and having a sleeping pill hangover. The downside, if something wakes you it's over. Meaning it will help you get to sleep but not necessarily keep you asleep if something wakes you.
I'm a massage therapist so here's my MT take on it: Aromatherapy, Lavendar on the pillow. Also HEAT, I use a rice pack with lavendar in it that you can stick in the microwave to heat up and put it anywhere on my body back, neck legs, feet if they are cold. Heat takes your body into the relaxed state and will help you feel relaxed and get your breathing and circulation physically relaxed to get to sleep.
at 2:33 AM on May. 12, 2011