This is what sleep experts do when they can’t sleep themselves

Staying awake

Staying awake to fall asleep? It sounds really strange, but the fact is that being too focused on trying to go to sleep makes it nearly impossible to actually do so. Sajay Kansagra tries to not fall asleep when he actually wants to fall asleep. “Instead of worrying about falling asleep, I try my best to stay awake. This usually reduces your fear and gives your mind a chance to relax enough to be able to fall asleep. It’s a technique that’s known as ‘paradoxical intention’.”


A lot of people snack before going to sleep. This isn’t the smartest thing to do. It’s much better to make a healthy smoothie. This is of much more use to your body during the night. “I use a little bit of Greek yoghurt and almond milk. Those contain a lot of nutrients that will improve your sleep, like tryptophan, calcium and magnesium,” explains sleep specialist Robert S. Rosenberg. “Then I add frozen cherries, which can lengthen your amount of sleep with one whole hour, recent research shows. I finish it off by adding a bit of cinnamon.” You’ll sleep like a baby!

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Source: Women’s Health | Image: pxhere

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