How to Handle One Night of Insomnia: Do Nothing
When insomnia strikes in the middle of the night — when you’ve woken up for absolutely no good reason and just can’t seem to fall back to sleep — chances are, you do what I do: You let yourself sleep in the next morning, and maybe even take a nap later that afternoon, in an attempt to get your sleep schedule back on track.
And yet the advice about what to do when this happens offered by Dr. Michael Perlis, the director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, is so much simpler than that, in that his advice is — nothing. Do nothing, and you’ll improve your chances of keeping this one night of bad sleep from morphing into chronic insomnia. “Don’t sleep in,” Perlis told The Wall Street Journal. “Don’t nap. Don’t go to bed early the next day and everything will turn out fine.”