What NOT To Do If You Can’t Fall Asleep

You’ve probably heard me sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus, say that if you can’t sleep, you should stay in bed. You’ve ALSO heard him say you should get out of bed. So which is better? The answer is, it depends! If you're having trouble sleeping at night, staying in bed can offer some rejuvenation, but there may be times where getting out of bed is a better solution. Confused?!

In this video, join Dr. Breus as he explains how you can benefit from non-sleep deep rest while in bed, some specific breathing techniques you can try, and when you might want to see a doctor.

📺 For some of Dr. Breus's favorite breathing techniques, check out our video:

🧑🏻‍💻 Did you know your chronotype has a major effect on your sleep and overall productivity? Take our quiz to discovery your chronotype and, most importantly, how to get the most out of it:

0:00 Why You Wake Up At Night
1:10 Why You Should Stay in Bed
1:56 What Not To Do In Bed
2:50 Why You SHOULD Get Out of Bed
3:39 When You Should Speak to a Physician

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. A mildly unpleasant-sounding hack I’ve started incorporating is to urinate in a jug next to the bed instead of walking to the bathroom. It’s drastically improved my ability to fall back asleep. I just recommend emptying promptly in the morning and do both yourself and partner a favor 😊

  2. We bought a mattress that was too firm. Put me into the worst month of sleep issues. Actually afraid when the sun set. Thanks for the tips. Mattress company let us trade in and softer side sleep surface. Breathing exercises and non-sleep resting has really helped. Sometimes I end up doing it in an easy chair, sitting up, for up to 1.5 hours. Helps to not drink more than 5 oz after 5 pm.

  3. No sleep doctors ever mention orgasm/masturbation as a possible technique to fall back to sleep? I have found it helpful as a sleep aid, either when getting to bed or trying to get back to sleep.

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