Inhale through your left nostril: This yoga method is thought to reduce blood pressure and calm you. This technique is particularly good when overheating or menopausal hot flushes are preventing sleep.

Squeeze and relax: Relaxing all your muscles can prepare your body for sleep. Lying on your back, take a deep, slow breath in through your nose and, at the same time, squeeze your toes tightly as if you are trying to curl them under your foot, then release the squeeze.

Try to stay awake: Challenge yourself to stay awake your mind will rebel! It's called the sleep paradox. The brain doesn't process negatives well, so interprets this as an instruction to sleep and eye muscles tire quickly as sleep creeps up.

Rewind your day: Remembering the mundane details in reverse order clears your mind of worries. It helps you to reach a mental state that's ready for sleep."

 Roll your eyes:  Closing your eyes and rolling the balls up three times can do the job. It simulates what you do naturally when you fall asleep and may help trigger the release of your sleepy hormone, melatonin.

 Find your trigger: The key to this trick is to start the habit as you drift off during a period when you are sleeping well, then you can use it when you have difficulty. Do something unusual, such as stroking your own cheek.

 Make a worry list: Going over a to-do list in bed is a major cause of insomnia. So before bed, write your list on paper not to forget until next day. You could also imagine filing your thoughts in a cabinet. You will be calmer and more likely to sleep.

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