Having struggled with intermittent insomnia over the past few months, and reluctant to take prescription medication, I've tried several alternative and/or natural remedies. This sleep hypnosis CD is a useful tool in the arsenal, and definitely encourages deep relaxation and facilitates dropping off more quickly. My partner (who doesn't have any sleeping problems) was literally out within the first few minutes, although I listened to most of the guided meditation with full awareness. I don't think you're going to instantly fall asleep if you're really struggling, but listening to the soothing voice undoubtedly aided my sleep. I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance! A brief post-scriptum: don't let the cutesy cat cover put you off. Not my idea of a good marketing idea, but the product itself is good.