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  • Writer's pictureSophie Bostock, PhD

What can I do if I'm desperate to fall asleep? How to fall asleep faster

Do you ever find yourself trying hard to sleep?

Does this make sleep harder?

This video explains how to use the technique of 'paradoxical intention' to fall asleep faster.

The key? To stop trying. Consciously focus on staying awake. You are warm and comfortable in your bed. You have nothing to do, and nowhere to go. Keep your eyes gently open.

There is nothing wrong with staying awake. Use this opportunity to relax and enjoy staying awake.

This technique can be especially helpful for people on call, or doing shift work, who only have limited time for sleep. For these populations, getting out of bed after 15 minutes (another useful strategy) might feel intimidating.

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