Get your stuff ready for the next day. I lay out my clothes and jewelry, get my tea thermos ready (this includes dumping enough water into the kettle), pack up my bag, and put my yogurt or whatever I'll have for breakfast in a usual spot in the fridge.
It's not as long-term life-bettering as some of the other suggestions here, but it certainly helps me get to sleep. Cuts down on rushing about in the morning, too.
I tidy my kitchen of any mess made from dinner (it's nice to wake up to a tidy place!), pack my bag/make sure I have everything I need for the next day, have a nice relaxing bubble bath, then sit in bed and read until I fall asleep (usually very quickly).
I like to lie in the dark and imagine a world where time doesn’t pass, and where I can create anything (like I’m a god, or I’m in that dream in a dream inception shit).
So for example I’ll imagine I’m building a house under a river in the Amazon rainforest so I can watch river dolphins. I’ll slowly construct every detail of the environment, the room I’m in, etc. I’ll meet a jaguar and give it the ability to talk and ask it questions and imagine what it might say. I’ll get modern English translations of ancient texts and read them.
Basically I just imagine cool things until I drift off. When I was younger I used to enjoy going to bed early just so I could think about things before falling asleep.
I play this weird little game in my head where I try to think of a topic like "Foods" and then think of a food item that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Somehow about halfway thru it, my mind starts wandering and I end up finally drifting off. Its like I'm trying to bore myself to sleep.
It actually tires me out and makes me sleepy
Use electronic devices for 3 hours before bed.
Because of no sun period until 21st of January, I take my D-vitamin capsules and go for a walk. sometimes read.
I live near a 24 hour coffee shop so I head there for some chamomile tea and to shoot the shit with the regulars. Since I'm an introvert, the socializing wears me out and makes me ready for bed when I get home.
I used to be one of those that "couldnt" sleep. Id have the games going or a movie, etc... I honestly killed my own appetite for those things. Ive been playing video games and watching tv since i was 7.
Hell I used to play a game called Everquest, an old school MMORPG and i would grind exp using a kitchen timer because Id try to play as much as I could in the summer so Id grind exp but then i needed to wait 15 min to replenish my mana and hp, so id be so tired id set the timer for that 15 min n then wake up. I did this throughout the night untill I just didnt wake up anymore.
Ive been used to being so tired at work and at school that it eventually just made me hate not sleeping. Nowadays, I know exactly what the signal is for sleep, its so subtle...
The moment my body speaks that note it doesnt matter anymore what im doing, a party, out with friends, gaming, watching tv, reading, etc... I go home and go to bed because none of that shit is going anywhere nor can it top feeling rested. Ive been up since 6am even now and i just started playing AQ3D on my phone last night, which was really fun but once i felt tired around the 930 mark I basically just dropped my phone on my bed and passed out within 5 min.
These days you cant stop me from sleeping, its one of my fav things and ways to end a day. Fuck anything else lol. Its not worth it.
I'm beginning to feel slightly dumb after reading some of these replies, keep them coming please!
Read a book with my SO