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How to Fall Asleep When You Can’t Count Sheep


If counting sheep isn’t helping you get to sleep in the wee hours of the night, it may be time to try some new tactics for inducing shut eye.

Eric Olson, co-director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn., suggests getting out of bed when you’re having sleep problems. He tells the Huffington Post:

  • “The longer we lie there and get frustrated in that environment, the more we come to anticipate it next time we're there. We come to associate the bedroom with not sleeping well."

Harneet Walia, a doctor in the Cleveland Clinic's Sleep Disorders Center says progressive muscle relaxation can do the trick. To try this, tightly tense each muscle group from your toes to forehead for five seconds then relax.

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Last week we also asked the Protect-A-Bed Facebook community how they handle difficulty sleeping. Here’s what they said:

  • Sudoku - Lauren Demeropolis
  • Podcasts with calming voices like "On Being" with Krista Tippett - Andi Baker Ferguson
  • Facebook and couch - Stacy Mann Verdi
  • Three fingers of scotch - Phil Paulin

Have another tried-and-true sleep trick? Share it with us on Facebook!


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