12 Natural Ways to Trick Insomnia and Get Some Serious Z’s

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4. Give Up and Get Up

Lying in bed tossing and turning doesn’t do anyone any good. If you have been tossing in the sack for more than an hour, give yourself a break. Get up and do something. It doesn’t really matter what you do: Go for a walk around the block, do a bit of laundry, get coffee and lunch ready for the next day — just do something else. Your body might just figure out that it is late, and you need to go to bed.


5. Write It Out

If worries or thoughts about the following day are keeping you awake, here’s a trick to try. Get up and write it all down. Make out a list of things to do the next day or write out a list of problems and possible solutions or outcomes. Tell yourself that you can’t do anything about these things in the middle of the night, but you will look at your notes again in the morning and take care of things then. It sounds too simple to work, but you might be surprised by the way your subconscious listens to you.


6.  Instead of Counting Sheep

If you have tried counting sheep, try this trick instead. Count backwards from 1000 and wriggle your toes every other number. This sounds bizarre but for some reason, it really works! Maybe your brain gets really bored or maybe your brain would rather sleep than do this ridiculous exercise any longer, but whatever the reason, this works for a lot of people. Don’t knock it until you try it!

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One Comment

  1. Marc Chatow

    Aug 19, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Seems like I can easily fall asleep watching TV on the couch in the living room, but then when I tranisition to the bedroom to sleep, I can’t “re-fall” asleep! 🙁