Here Are Some Mental Tricks To Help You Fall Asleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Thankfully, Bustle has compiled a list of eight mental tricks that might help you fall asleep if counting sheep doesn't cut it for you. Here they are:

  • Count backwards. Pick a random high number, and count backwards from there. 
  • Try to stay awake. Use reverse psychology and tell your mind to stay awake.
  • Do a “brain dump.” Write down all your thoughts in a journal before bed to get them out of your head.
  • Do the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. Inhale through your nose while counting to four, hold your breath for a count of seven, then exhale through your mouth for a count of eight. 
  • Squeeze and relax your muscles. Starting from your head down to your toes, tighten each muscle for three to five counts, and then relax it.
  • Make a mental gratitude list. Count all of the things you are grateful for that brought contentment to your day. 
  • Create a mnemonic to-do list. For example, if you need to Call your mom, Ask a client to pay their overdue balance, Look for the perfect lingerie to wear for the weekend, and Make an appointment with your dentist, then remember the mnemonic C.A.L.M.
  • Picture a happy scene. Along with calming you down, this visualization may even help give you pleasant dreams.
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