Sleep Improvement Quick Tip #3: Don’t lay awake in bed

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, PCOS, Sleep, , , ,

We’ve all been there. Tossing and turning, counting sheep (or llamas – hey, I don’t judge!), checking the clock, wishing your partner would stop snoring, the list goes on. But you don’t have to lay there and sleeplessly suffer! In fact, you shouldn’t. Experts recommend that you should stay in bed trying to fall asleep for no more than around 20 minutes. The reason is that the more we lay awake in bed, the more we train our brains that bed is for laying awake, not for sleeping! So instead, if you can’t sleep after about 20 minutes, get up and do something else calming – like reading or meditating – for a little while until you start to feel drowsy, then climb back in bed.