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Trick Yourself Into Better Rest

White-noise machines, apps that read bedtime stories, noise-masking earbuds—what a time for the restless to be alive! Only problem? You can feel dependent on sleep aids after only a couple of weeks, says W. Christopher Winter, MD, author. They become a habitual cue to pass out, not just a source of peace. So when you’re traveling sans gadget or sharing a room (or want a tech break), try this: Lying down, connect the first thing that pops into your head to another thought, and keep going ( Old Yeller ) You’ll take the pressure off your brain to force sleep, so you can, ya know, sleep.

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