Wide-awake again?

3 tips to get back to sleep

There’s almost nothing more frustrating than lying wide-awake in the middle of the night and being unable to fall back to sleep. Whether it’s dreading the next day and what it will bring, or reeling over events from the previous one, the following 3 tips will help you fall back to sleep.
Click each tip to explore.
Tap each tip to explore.
Sleep Tip 1: Ignore the clock.

Keeping your eye on the sleepless minutes passing by only makes you more concerned about being awake. Adding to that, light emitted from a clock can increase alertness. The solution could be as simple as turning the clock face around so you can't see it.

Sleep Tip 2: Try relaxing the body.

To calm the mind and relax the muscles, consider slow, deep breathing. You can also try progressive relaxation: tightly tense each muscle group, starting with your toes and moving up to your forehead, for 5 seconds, then relax.

Sleep Tip 3: Get up and leave the bedroom.

Worrying about not falling asleep may only cause the brain to activate even more. Stressing about not sleeping while lying in bed can make it even more difficult to sleep and may affect the association between your bedroom and sleep. To avoid this, try an unexciting activity, such as reading or listening to soothing music, in another room. When you start feeling sleepy again, go back to bed.


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