Those nights when you can’t fall asleep are terrible. If you find yourself tossing and turning for more than 30 minutes, Psychology Today suggests you get up, move to another room and relax for a while.
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It might sound counter-intuitive to get up out of bed when you can’t sleep, but Psychology Today suggests it’s the best thing you can do:
If sleep does not come within a half hour of lying awake in bed, leave the bedroom and do something relaxing in another room. Use the bedroom for sleeping and sex only. This form of “stimulus control” is one of the primary features of Dr. Jacob’s “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia” program that was validated in his research at Harvard Medical School. This research involved over ten thousand participants with a ninety percent success rate. Eighty-five to ninety percent of the participants were able to reduce or eliminate their sleep medications.
Essentially, if you can’t sleep, stop wasting time laying in bed and get up for a while. If you’re having trouble sleeping often, head over to Psychology Today for a few more ideas to correct your sleep schedule.
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