If you don’t drift off to sleep, then this is the problem, isn’t it? The mind that won't shut off.
Night is my most productive thinking time. I get so many creative ideas that I can hardly stand it. But I have to get up at 6:00 the next morning. I need to sleep or I'll be no good at work the next day. So I've searched hard to find the solution to this one. How can I get my mind to stop working in daytime mode?
Reading light fiction or travel or biography stories may be a way to distract your mind. Be sure it’s nothing that really matters, nothing that you care much about, but is interesting enough to amuse you and keep your attention until you are too sleepy to read any more. This is not the time to read self-improvement or call-to-action books. You want to settle down, not stir yourself up.This has worked for me in years past. I would usually fall asleep within ten or fifteen minutes. (On the other hand, some people get so interested that they can’t stop reading so they stay awake even longer. Obviously not good for them.)
Lately, since sleep has been more difficult because I deal with a lot of pain, I’ve been using audio-books. It’s tricky because you will fall asleep and miss some of the story. You are always rewinding and trying to find your place the next time you turn the player on. So it’s best if you listen to stories that are old friends, stories you already know well such as classics from childhood or favorites that are worth rereading. Then, missing the plot doesn’t matter because you know what happens, so if you don't hear five or ten minutes because you fell asleep it’s okay. These are the books that are worth listening to for the characters, the style, the descriptioins, the writing itself. Nevertheless, it is important to have a player with a sleep timer that will shut off in fifteen or thirty minutes. You don’t want it to continue playing long after you are asleep.