"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
Mmm..I tend to just stay up wayyyy late till I fall asleep on my keyboard..not the best solution.
I'd say the best way (but not the most fun), is to stay away from people, make sure you've done a work-out during the day and even in the evening if you can, and cozy up with a hot drink while reading something, or watching some tv. Anything involving interaction and people will get you hyper again, so don't even go there. A book is nice coz you can skip that 'God, I'm bored and now I have to go sleep'-stage by staying in that nice fantasy world while you get ready for bed and fall asleep.
If you feel really wired while in bed, seeing the minutes tick by, a relaxation meditation usually works as well. It's where you use a meditation to check each muscle in your body and you consciously release that muscle. At the end you kinda feel like you're sinking into your matras. Kinda the grown-up version of counting sheep, I'd say.
Reading or listening to a novel on my iPod. If I have something to keep my brain busy it is more willing to STFU and let me sleep.
I also take a very small dose of melatonin supplement.
Which I now read is illegal in Germany and I think I sent some with my daughters when they visited family stationed there a few years ago. Oops!
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers