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How can you relax enough to fall asleep?

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Follow these tips to help you fall asleep:

Breathe deeply.

Meditate. Repeat a phrase while you breathe rhythmically.

Visualization. Imagine the sights, sounds, and scents of a peaceful place.

Progressive muscle relaxation. Tense your muscles, then relax them. Start with your feet and work your way up.

From: 7 Ways to Get Back to Sleep WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Insomnia: How Do I Stay Asleep?"

Harvard Women's Health Watch: "Too Early to Get Up, Too Late to Get Back to Sleep."

National Sleep Foundation.

Helpwithsleeping.net: "Tips and Tricks for Getting Yourself Back to Sleep."

Psychcentral: "Tips for getting to sleep and staying asleep."

Harvard Medical School: "Twelve Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Insomnia: How Do I Stay Asleep?"

Harvard Women's Health Watch: "Too Early to Get Up, Too Late to Get Back to Sleep."

National Sleep Foundation.

Helpwithsleeping.net: "Tips and Tricks for Getting Yourself Back to Sleep."

Psychcentral: "Tips for getting to sleep and staying asleep."

Harvard Medical School: "Twelve Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

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