I’m surprised that there is no discussion of uses of natural aids for sleep. There are case studies, and science backing, of people benefiting from taking a magnesium supplement before bedtime, and some short time benefit with zinc. The caution with supplements is always that you should consult your doctor first to ensure there is no reason for you not to take them. I’d like to mention that I have had a surprisingly good result with fennel tea. It extended my usual 3 hour sleep to 6 hours. I came across this quite unexpectedly so there was no placebo effect working. It was simply another herbal tea that I tried in place of standard tea which I can’t take. I took it about an hour before putting my head down. I am a sleeper who goes to sleep quickly but always wakes up about 3 or three and a half hours later. It may be that the fennel tea only works for people with my sleep pattern, but it seems worth trying by others. A serious caution though is that fennel oil can adversely affect some people with gastric and duodenum inflammation so again you should consult your doc if you fall into this category. It would be interesting to know of any benefits we insomniacs might get and what sleep patterns it overcomes.