Can you teach yourself to fall asleep?

Contributor: socceras socceras
I have heard it is possible to teach yourself to fall asleep. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep and I would like ways to help fix that. For example, I have heard of picturing yourself in a really relaxing place and if you keep doing that every night, you eventually associate that with sleep and it makes your tired. Do you have any suggestions?
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Contributor: Zombirella Zombirella
I wish! I don't remember the last time I've slept through the night. Sometimes I've gone a couple days with no sleep. Often I'll have to go about my day with 2-4 hours. It sucks. I'm too scared of prescription medications because I had a bad experience with two and refuse to try anymore.
I get the best sleep when I've gone a day without sleep and when it rains. If it would rain every night, I'd be fine!
Contributor: Fluke Fluke
Good sleep hygiene will get you to sleep faster. No food before bed, no caffeine anywhere near bedtime. Take note that chocolate contains caffeine. Use your bed only for sleep, not for watching tv or reading. Try some relaxing yoga or meditation before you go to bed.

I've tried counting backwards and trying to exhaust my brain but if my brain is really active, it just won't stop. By getting into a rhythm and tiring myself out during the day, my brain learns okay now it is sleep time.
Contributor: Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Yes, I have taught myself how to relax - which enables sleep. The biggest secret is to work hard so that you are really tired when bed time rolls around.
Contributor: LoveX LoveX
It sounds stupid, but google it. There are several different breathing exercises I have found, and that's what helps me. I have a VERY hard time falling asleep too, but the controlled breathing stuff helps. It gives me something to concentrate on, while slowing my breaths, and putting me in sleep mode I guess!

Sorry, that is my best advice! I hope you find something that helps.
Contributor: clockwork451 clockwork451
It's probably possible, but I doubt I could get it to work for myself.