I have difficulty falling asleep if I'm just laying there in the dark, but if I read a book i am out within 5 minutes. This really only works if you live with someone who can turn the light off for you, because sleeping with the light on isnt good for you. It also means i have to go to bed before my boyfriend every single night, or else sleep on the couch. If I go to bed after him i'll just lay in the dark for hours - if he's snoring those hours will be spent thinking of creative ways to kill him.
I dunno why reading works for me, you would think it would keep my brain alert, but it works way better than ambien.
I WISH I could read my book before bed....I can only really read in the morning or afternoon, when my brain is fully alert and I am nice and awake. Otherwise I can't focus on or absorb what I am reading.
You could try getting a little bedside lamp on a timer....
My husband had a snoring issue about a year ago. I was sleeping on the couch at least 3 days a week as a result. It sucked. He went to a bunch of sleep specialists and got a ton of tests done, and had to sleep with this machine thingy attached to him for 4 weeks, so they could run some tests.
You know what did the trick for him? Literally losing 5 pounds. That is it. I starting sleeping with earplugs, though, and now I can't fall asleep without them.
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald