Originally Posted by tropicality
The reasons you can't fall asleep for that long are either of or both of the following:
1) You simply aren't tired enough and need to adjust your sleep schedule
2) You continue to conciously use your mind while laying in bed, I used to do this and it could keep me awake for hours until I became aware of it and prevented it. One way to prevent it is to focus in on one thing and block all others out, almost like meditating, bring yourself to the present (this is what 'Dream Play' does). One way to do this is to focus on 3 objects in the room around you, then focus in on 3 objects on your body, and then 3 objects within your body. And not allow your concious mind to drift into thinking about random thoughts.
With my Photoreading course I got the "Dream Play" paraliminal CD and using it, I am asleep in 20 minutes or less. Normally sometimes it takes 1-3 hours. But not once has it exceeded 20 minutes with the Dream Play cd.. which also promotes lucid dreaming!
I think its more #2 most of the time. I'm at a hard point in life and have had a really hard time with sleeping last few weeks. Last night I managed to fall asleep within 20 minutes.
My mind likes to fly at night. I'll try those tips. I keep thinking I need to start meditating or concentrating my thinking to one or two things instead of jumping around. I'm always on random thoughts, so many people will just look at me like "huh?" sometimes and I realize I have moved on 2-3 subjects in my head since what we talked about with in a few short seconds. LOL