Getting out of bed may be the last thing you feel like doing when counting sheep just won’t work, but it can actually help you fall back to sleep faster — and reduce the stress of staring at the clock.
“When a person stays in bed and they can’t sleep, the bedroom can induce a certain level of anxiety,” Michael Decker, Ph.D., an associate professor at Georgia State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, told HuffPost earlier this year. “We say after 15 or 20 minutes, get out of bed, sit in another part of the house until you feel a little groggy, then go back to sleep. Staying in bed can condition you to become anxious in bed.”
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