When you’re lying in bed trying desperately to fall asleep, your mind may seem like your worst enemy, keeping you awake. If you keep your mind focused, however, you may fall asleep faster. Redditor JarlOfBacon suggests counting the Fibonacci sequence.
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The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers starting with 0 and 1, after which each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two.
So when you’re counting in your head at night:
Start at 0, add 1, then count adding the previous number in the sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…
Other variations include doing prime numbers, multiplication, squares, and so in.
I use numbers sometimes to fall asleep too and cure my monkey brain sleep problem, but just regular counting:visualising the numbers 100 and counting backwards, then letting the numbers fall off at around 80-something.
What tricks do you use when you can’t get to sleep?