Liz’s Answer: Aaaahhhh I know exactly what you mean by racing thoughts.
I am not an expert at sleep but I have have a few tools that help me.
First, choose a consistent bed time. I actually have an alarm to tell me it’s time to go to my room.
Next, create a ritual. For example, you might brush your teeth and then read for 30 minutes. You don’t need a ton of steps, just a ritual that tells your body it’s time to wind down.
When I absolutely cannot calm my thoughts I use apps to help me.
The Calm App. They have a section of sleep stories and at any given time, there are a bunch of free ones.
Spotify for “sleep” music.
Youtube has a ton of sleep hypnosis for free.
There is also a podcast called Sleep With Me that I love! Check that out if you can.
If your sleep problems have not been evaluated already, I encourage you to talk to your treating physician. Many of us have conditions such as Restless Leg Syndrome or even Sleep Apnea that make our sleep patterns wonky.
I fall else fails, ask you doctor about melatonin supplements.