I downloaded an audio sleep book. I've used it two nights in a row and I went to sleep and stayed asleep. Today I actually woke up feeling like a human instead of a machine with practically dead batteries. I don't know if it will continue to work for me. I've used that combination of pajama headphones and iPod before with Enya and with a book with a calm reader and a story I knew well and liked.
I don't know why this is good. Maybe anything nonfiction would work for me, but I have hopes this will continue to let me sleep.
The book promises several things besides getting to sleep. Guided dreams? Whatever it says about that I slept through.
But being asleep and dreaming an awful dream that is so bad it wakes me up is terrible. Going back to sleep and falling back into the same awful dream has happened to the point where I realized it was my dream and I didn't have to have that one. Thinking of a substitute dream in that half-groggy state is tricky but not impossible.
The audio book also suggests creative dreaming to solve problems. I haven't been awake for that part, either. I don't see how it would work because if I'm thinking of a problem, I think I wouldn't sleep. What has worked for me in that situation is thinking that the problem isn't at issue at that moment so just don't worry about it right now. Worry later.