Many people have difficulty sleeping, for a variety of intrinsic reasons, including physical, mental and emotional; as well as extrinsic factors that might seem like they're outside your control.
Here, I've tried to detail my version of the ideal preparation for a good night's sleep. My target bedtime in this case will be 10-10:30 pm. I've chosen this for a couple of reasons - it turns out the old adage, "Early to bed and early to rise" has some good grounding in science. Also, Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that going to sleep earlier than 11 pm ensures you're supporting the Gallbladder; otherwise over time, effective decision making and self-esteem can suffer.
But our sleep patterns follow a 90-minute cycle - if you're widest awake at 10:30, then you'll likely be sleepiest 45 minutes later (or earlier). To find your ideal bedtime, read these easy instructions here.
Earlier in the day/evening:
Preparing for bedtime:
If all that fails, consider what might be interfering with your sleep. Inappropriately elevated cortisol in the evening gives that feeling of "wired, but tired", and can leave you tossing and turning for hours. Too much on your mind can leave you lying in bed running through lists or double-checking plans. If your bedtime meditation doesn't fix that, there are some things that might. If you haven't already, make an appointment to come see me and we'll get you sleeping like a baby.