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Sleep deprivation is the worst. Just ask any new parent, or cramming college student, or medical resident working 24-hour shifts. When you can’t give your body the sleep it truly needs, your whole life is off-kilter.
But what happens when you actually have the time to sleep, and then can’t get your body to cooperate? Who hasn’t lain awake at night, watching the numbers on the clock slowly tick ahead, unable to drift off? There’s a mental math the sleepless go through: If I fall asleep RIGHT NOW, I can get six hours, that’ll be OK. And an hour later: Well, five hours will still do something for me, right? And on and on it goes, until you rise from the bed as the alarm clock goes off, realizing begrudgingly that slumber never came, and now you’re a zombie staggering through whatever tasks lie ahead.
Here are nine things to try, from simple socks and essential oils to breathing exercises, that can help you get those ZZZs.