This is actually true! A recommendation (after wiping out the usual suspects like caffeine, alcohol, and exercising too late in the day) sleep therapists recommend for occasional insomnia is to think about some project you will do if you are still awake in ten or fifteen minutes. Not something stressful, but something puttery- dusting the knick knacks, putting away the dishes, going through boxes in the spare room, planning a garden, learning a new language, starting that novel, etc. The more mundane the better. If that alone doesn’t put you out, get up and do it. Your body is not ready for sleep. You will likely become sleepy once you start working, so just unplug the iron and head back to bed. Don’t force yourself to finish. If you still don’t get sleepy, you have at least spent your time getting something done, which relieves our anxiety over not sleeping. Ironically, that anxiety alone is often responsible keeping us awake. The next night your body will need sleep even more, so it helps break the cycle. I hope this PSA helps! “CBS Cares.” grin.
July 31, 2015