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Sleep and Your Bed

One good tip to getting sleep at night if you're lying in bed with a racing mind and not able to sleep, is to get up out of bed and stand next to your bed. What's really important is to have your brain associate your bed with sleep. So if you're lying in bed thinking, your brain is now associating your bed with thinking. Instead, if you get up, do all your thinking until you're so tired that you have to go to sleep, you'll then go right into bed and fall asleep. Many therapists emphasize the importance of what's called sleep hygiene, which refers to the many different things you do before going to sleep to prepare yourself for sleep. Oftentimes, we can't just fall asleep after a hard day's work. We need what we call a wind down period.

Sleep and Your Bed

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