Picture the scene – you’re lying in bed, wide awake, clock ticking loudly. You have a busy day at work tomorrow and you must get a good night’s sleep. But the harder you try, the further sleep slips from your grasp. The frustration and worry that causes makes it even less likely you’ll sleep. And so the vicious cycle continues…

Difficulty falling asleep is widely experienced, especially on a Sunday night before the working week. So what can we do once we are in the throes of insomnia, aside from helplessly count sheep and curse those who sleep like babies? Try the following scientifically-supported sleep hacks to beat the insomnia.

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Our minds are tricky creatures, and often try to do the opposite of what we want them to. This theory applies to sleep in that if you try to fall asleep, chances are your brain will put a swift stop to that. On the other hand, if you try to stay awake without distractions, it’s likely your brain will fight it and send you to sleep.