How to Cure Insomnia Once and for All

Counting minutes is a form of panic -- and when your body senses panic, it instinctively stays wide awake.
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By Tony Rehagen for GQ.

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The clock reads 1:44 A.M. and you've already been in bed for an hour. Tomorrow (Christ, TODAY!) is barreling toward you as the minutes fall away. 1:46. (What happened to 1:45?!) It's too late for Ambien, so try these tactics instead.

1. Ignore the Clock: Counting minutes is a form of panic -- and when your body senses panic, it instinctively stays wide awake.

2. Do Some Light Journaling: Perplexed by a work issue? Stop trying to solve it in your head. Instead, jot your ideas in a bedside notebook so your mind can finally let it go.

3. Head to the Couch: Still wired? Get out of bed to take your mind off how you're not sleeping. Read a magazine (like this one).

4. Avoid Stories About Insomnia: Like this one.

5. Don't Try to Turn Off Your Brain: It's a trap. If you try not to think, all you'll be thinking about is trying not to think. Instead, let your mind drift to vague general topics, like baseball or yoga or Ben Carson's foreign policy -- anything not related to sleep.

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