Even if we avoid caffeine and put the phone away an hour before bed, sleep sometimes escapes us. It happens to everyone, even sleep experts. So what do they do when they can’t sleep? First, they don’t panic. They don’t get upset about not being able to sleep, because that may cause more anxiety and thus make them stay awake longer.
Next, experts distract themselves with relaxing thoughts. They follow this up by trying out breathing exercises. With practice, these exercises can help you relax and prevent the thoughts from interfering with your sleep. Experts also tend to treat the underlying issue. If they can’t fall asleep and it’s been more than 30 minutes, they’ll get up and figure out what’s the problem.