It's getting to sleep that is often my problem, and if I let my brain start thinking - oh my goodness there is no hope. I do listen to story CD's or I have them on quietly in the background and I actually find that I concentrate on the voices and drift off easier then if I didn't have the CD player on. It has become a habit I feel, but it seems to work more often than not.
6pm last night and it was proper;y dark outside. Mind you it was easier to get up as much lighter at that end of the day! I'm not sleeping - lots of reasons, but my dreams at the moment are so vivid - and weird! I think there is so much happening in the world, at home, at work etc that our brains just can't switch off at night. I've tried all the usual sleeping aids without much luck