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Michael Breus, PhD, Psychology, answered
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answeredMore often than not, we are awakened at least once a night. We can't keep ourselves from waking, but we can help ourselves to go back to sleep with these tips:
- Keep a notebook and pen on your bedside table. Begin writing to-dos and reminders an hour before bed so that you aren't compiling a mental list for the next day. If you awake suddenly remembering an important task, write it down rather than trying to commit it to memory.
- Try counting backwards from 300 by threes. Simple math can keep our thoughts from wondering and yet isn't so difficult that it will frustrate you.
- If you're still awake after 15 minutes, get up and do something quiet, like reading a book. You have to let your body and mind slow down to be able to slip into sleep, so that means quiet activities only.
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