• Sophie Bostock, PhD

How not to fall asleep

This week, I've had the great privilege to feature on a couple of podcasts. Whenever I have a an event which could have a big audience, I get ridiculously nervous. It's worse when there's a video too - since I know big bags under my eyes from a poor night's sleep could be bad for my credibility!

So how do you sleep the night before an important day?

In this video I talk through the technique of paradoxical intention, from the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia toolkit. I've been practicing this over the years and even though I'm well aware that in the back of my mind I do want to sleep, it still seems to help most of the time.

Please give it a go, and let me know what you think. As with most sleep techniques, don't despair if it doesn't work the first time. It might take a few attempts to feel familiar, which will help you relax into it.

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