One of the most important lessons a child learns is to put itself to sleep; no nodding off at the breast, no lullabies until you slide to oblivion, just calm your mind and let go.
Adults who never learned that lesson must medicate instead of meditate. The need for sleep drugs, alcohol or other alternatives belies an underlying problem of “Lesson skipped.”
I have a routine, rituals performed, final checks made before climbing between the flannel sheets and quieting the day. I confess to having soft music but beyond that, it is my mind shutting down in an orderly fashion that brings on rejuvenating rest.
Unlike my housemates who seem to sleep at the proverbial “drop of a hat” regardless of the time of day or where they happen to be…