Two types of people
A long time ago I think I recall hearing someone say “There are two kinds of people. Those who sleep well and those who don't.” I think it was my friend John who was observing his wife enviously. Even though on medication, and moody, and inconsistent, her strong German Midwest constitution endured whatever abuse that came her way or was self-administered. I'm not sure if it's true, but it does seem as if people who sleep well have a certain durability that people who don't, don't. They seem able to turn everything off. I remember a story of my dad in the Navy who, when on guard duty, fell asleep standing.
Anyhow, I’m a person who isn't a good sleeper although lately I have been. Maybe the reason is that my allergies, stirred up by the rising pollen count, are bad enough to tire me out but not bad enough to keep me up.
Some things I've done lately have helped and I thought I'd share them. I heard a lady on the radio who has cancer and in certain arenas is conservative, but is also open to natural remedies. She mentioned every night she played tapes by the New Age musician Steven Halpern, which put her to sleep quickly. I once had met Mr. Halpern in New York at someone's apartment before he moved to California. During our brief conversation he had mentioned he had been a vegan for 7 years but had to switch to meat.
Halpern, the quintessential New Age musician, had been a jazz player and then became interested in yoga and the chakras and the sounds and tones that related to each of them, eventually getting a Phd in musicology. On Pandora, a computer program, or app, I tried listening to some of his sounds and although intellectually dubious I was surprised to see how relaxing they were. The music didn't seem to take from you nor have you anticipate what was next. Instead it was just there. Some of his recordings were less successful but as said, some recordings replaced the restless silence with calm and sleep came my way.
Because my allergies sometimes act up, I sometimes sleep on a patio chair with a raised back. When doing so my head is pointed to the West. Lately, I've slept on the couch which is softer and where my head rests towards the North. Years ago I learned I think from Feng Shui, the Japanese art of furniture placement, that energy passes properly through the body when sleeping this way. The North pole pulls energy up through the head and the energy from the South pole enters through the feet. At least this is what I remember and the alignment seemed to help me sleep.
Finally, if these solutions don't work a grade B Sci Fi flick might be so silly you fall asleep out of boredom. In this vein, I'm sure many of you have other subtle tricks.
So, as said, half of the human race has trouble sleeping so I thought I'd share a few ideas.
Sleep well and if not, be patient.