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When you can't sleep, try getting out of bed and doing one of these quiet, relaxing activities:
  • Reading
  • Light Household Chores
  • Deep Breathing and Meditation
  • Eating a Small Snack

What to do when you can't sleep

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  • Insomnia
  • Healthy sleep habits

Patrick Murray  |  Jan 03, 2014
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When you can't sleep, physicians recommend that you get out of bed and spend some time doing a quiet, relaxing activity until you are tired. Many of the things that you may do during the daytime or evening (watching tv, using your tablet or phone, etc) may make you feel more alert, so falling asleep may be difficult. So what can you do instead? David Neubauer, MD, a sleep physician at Johns Hopkins shares the recommendations that he gives to patients.


  1. 1 Potato 19 May
    Doesn’t help haven’t slept properly for 2 days haven’t found ennything that helps so far but mabie idk telling a story?
  2. 2 Dawn 18 Jan
    I have a movie on my DVR that doesn't have a lot of subtitles and yelling. It is familiar and I like it. When I can't fall asleep I put the same movie on and cuddle up in my recliner and close my eyes and listen to the dialogue. Most times it helps me go to sleep. I have all the lights off so the TV light isn't very bright. This helps me. This article tells you what not to do but doesn't give much in the way of what you should do in my opinion. I was hoping for more advice on what to do.