If Sleep Doesn't Come Within 30 Minutes, Go To Another Room

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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    Yup.. this is exactly what you need to do.. you essentially need to "reset" your desire to sleep. Get up, do something else completely sleep unrelated.. like watch TV or whatever for 15 to 30 minutes, in a completely different room of the house/unit.

    Whenever my wife is having trouble sleeping, I tell her this same thing.. she didn't believe me at first.. it is quite counter-intuitive.. but then she got so sick of it, that she tried my suggestion and of course it worked.

    The point is to stop "trying" to sleep.. you need to "allow" yourself to sleep. It's a different frame of mind and when you are having trouble, you get more and more stressed trying to sleep. You need to reset the cycle.

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