Forget sheep! This is how you beat insomnia

Tricks to help you get off to sleep

Forget Sheep! This Is How You Beat Insomnia

Are you often tossing and turning as you try and get to sleep? The more you try and relax in order to get some shut-eye, the more aware you are of trying to relax?

The classic method of sleep induction, of course, is counting sheep. But perhaps that's best consigned to cartoons.

Follow these handy sleepy-time tricks and you'll be visiting the land of nod in no time.

The first is called the 4-7-8 technique. Breathe in through your nose quietly until the count of four, hold your breathe until the count of seven and finally blow air out of your mouth on the count of eight, making a whoosh sound.

Repeat the process three more times. It is said to deliver more oxygen than normal to the nervous system which becomes over-stimulated at times of stress.

Second tip: ban all electronic devices for your bedroom. Staring at your phone or iPad before you turn over to sleep is not a good idea. When there is too much direct light our bodies do not secrete as much Melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep.

Third tip is try and stay awake. A university study in Glasgow made a group of insomniacs stay awake is bed with their eyes open, but did not allow them to watch any TV, use a computer or their phones or move around. The study provided positive results.

Staying awake is very tiring!