15 “Facts” About Sleep That Are Completely Wrong

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Myth #8: Counting sheep helps you fall asleep

FACT: If you regularly have trouble sleeping, this method might actually make you take longer to fall asleep. A 41-person study of people with insomnia found that on the nights they were instructed to count sheep, it took longer for them to fall asleep than on nights with no instructions.

Looking for other pre-sleep thoughts? Try picturing relaxing images. When those same participants did this, they fell asleep quicker than with no instructions or with instructions to count sheep.

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