Linda, I can't believe you said that!
Lisalee, if you've been using sleep medicine for a long time, you may be having a rebound effect -- maybe you just need time for your body to adjust to not having those drugs anymore. Meanwhile...
Some things that have helped me get to sleep:1.
Do some hard physical work earlier in the day -- it wears you out so thoroughly that your mind can't keep you awake.2.
Read in bed with dim light -- it makes both your eyes and your mind tired.3.
Keep a fan or white-noise machine running through the night -- it smoothes over all the little nighttime noises.4. a.
Be sure to eat dinner at least three or four hours before bedtime -- so you won't get heartburn or be disturbed by too much digestive activity, but also...4. b.
Have a tiny bit of something just before lying down -- a couple of crackers with a little cheddar cheese works for me.5.
Sometimes cuddling a hot-water bottle wrapped in something soft can be very soothing -- or better yet, cuddle a kitty!
And finally, my favorite:6.
When your mind just runs away with you and you can't control your train of thought (and I surely do know how that is), close your eyes and mentally tell yourself a story. You can envision it happening, like a movie in your head... but even more effective (for me) is mentally typing it, writing it like a novel, watching the words appear on the page. This is hard mental work, and it wears your mind out very quickly. I've never gotten beyond a couple of paragraphs!