I keep trying to figure out how to go to sleep without being in bed awake for hours first. I've tried over-the-counter sleep aids, melatonin, prescriptions, listening to music, audio books, and a self-hypnosis sleep tape.
I think the sleep tape may be most helpful in the long run because it said sleep is a function of the subconscious. It talks about the trance state which is between awake and asleep. I think I've started to be aware of when I'm in that state and shouldn't get up to drink hot chocolate next.