@azkidney57. My doctor first prescribed meds to help me sleep, which I was afraid would become addictive. So, I improvised, and some of these little tricks work and some do not – at least, not all the time. Put the TV on but without sound and try to figure out what's going on using closed caption; put timer on so TV shuts itself off after you fall asleep!
If my mind continues to play the same worrisome stuff over and over, speaking out loud, I name as quickly as possible a list of related items. For example: name rapidly as possible all the kinds of trees in a forest; or name all the animals in the forest; or all the kinds of fish in a river, ocean, whatever. The trick is to not permit the same old worries, fears, bad memories from occupying your mind! Our minds are designed to only allow one subject at a time, so if you fill that space with thoughts THAT YOU CHOOSE those bad old thoughts will be crowded out.
Every night at bedtime, I take two 325 mg. Tylenol tablets. My doctor approves, but one needs to check with one's own physician.
My last hint: exercise! Every day. As much as you can. Whatever you can do. Sooo important!!