Most nights, I wake up at least once, and then I struggle to fall back asleep. Bustle, and Dr. Anil Rama, MD, who is a sleep medicine doctor, explains that there are strategies that you can implement in order to help get back to sleep again.

  • Breathe through your nose for a way to calm yourself down if you were woken up suddenly from a nightmare or a noise. Focusing on your breathing helps to slow your heartbeat down, and allow you to clear your head as a way to fall back asleep again.
  • Turn on ambient noise like a fan or a white noise machine. These devices are used to drown out outside sound to help you fall asleep. I use a fan every night to help me sleep, so it might work for you also.
  • Think about your dreams if you remember that last dream that you had. This can help put you back in the same mindset that your brain was in before you woke up, and hopefully that can make it easier to fall back asleep.

Sleep is so important to your health, so if you're struggling to get enough sleep at night, these strategies may hopefully help you get some of that sleep back.

(via Bustle)