36. Trick Yourself Into Sleeping
It sounds silly, but it’s a tried and true method. We all know that if you want something bad enough, it might not happen…including sleep. When you try to force yourself to fall asleep, your chances of succeeding drop dramatically. To increase your chances of sleeping successfully, practice paradoxical intentions. Rather than forcing yourself to sleep, you try to stay awake. Based on the theory that putting pressure on yourself to fall asleep results in stress and anxiety, which prevent you from relaxing and falling asleep. Despite mixed results, some studies demonstrate that people who use this method tend to fall asleep more quickly.