The Big Train wrote:
1. Exercise. But, do NOT do this immediately before going to bed.
2. Have a feast.
- just try not to gain weight doing this
Seriously, don't go to bed hungry but feasting isn't for everyone and avoid sweets.
4. The TV and computer monitors can be sleep killers.
5. Make sure the place you are sleeping is dark. I
6. I recommend avoiding drugs of any kind
7. Avoid sleeping in too much.
8. Do you have a wife
good assessment and advice, I just wanted to reiterate a few things - alcohol, caffeine AND tobacco can all affect sleep. There are medical causes besides primary insomnia that can keep you awake such as periodic limb movements, restless legs syndrome, as JT said depression, also anxiety, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia etc. There are therapies such as chronotherapy, phototherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to name a few.
My advice, try not taking pills as first line therapy as many people try to do not even antihistamines. Deal with your worries before bedtime because laying there thinking about them is often what keeps people awake. If you end up taking something, I recommend taking drug holidays - meaning take for no more than 5 days in 7. Many of them are not so much physically addicting as they are psychologically addicting meaning you begin to believe you cannot sleep without them.