Laying in bed–awake–for most of the night is enough to spoil the next day entirely. When you’re plagued with insomnia night after night, it’s rare to consistently feel good. We know you’ve already tried every trick in the book to end your all-nighters once and for all, but there’s a brand new technique that might be what you’ve been waiting for.
Canadian researcher Luc Beaudoin, who works as a cognitive science and education professor at Simon Fraser University, believes the “cognitive shuffle” is the answer to every sleep-deprived person’s prayers.
Apparently, all you need to do for that slept-like-a-baby kind of night is to envision a random thing, and then to imagine other objects one at a time that start with the same letter.
Beaudoin explains how this sleep technique is more effective than counting sheep since it’s a bit more engaging. And when we’re bored, we begin to think about other thoughts and worries, preventing us from falling asleep.
“Another reason this might work is that, while you’re doing this technique, you’re not thinking of the things that might keep you awake,” said Beaudoin. “You can’t think about your mortgage, your kids or your marriage or whatever’s causing you problems or concern because you’re doing this technique.”
If you’d like to learn more about the cognitive shuffle, check out the video above.